2016 Alphonse Mellot Domaine Sancerre Le Demoiselle Rouge

Sancerre, France

An elegant and focused Loire Pinot Noir with beautiful bottle-aged characters


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About the Wine

The Alphonse Mellot Domaine Sancerre Le Demoiselle Rouge shows lovely bottle-aged characters of dried red fruit, earth, smoke and truffle. The acidity helps to keep everything fresh, while the tannins are fine and integrated, showing great balance throughout. The vineyard from which the grapes are sourced is organically and biodynamically grown, so the quality of the fruit is high, reflected in the final product.

While Sancerre is definitely more known for Sauvignon Blanc, its Pinot Noirs have also gained in notoriety, which accounts for around 22% of the production in the subregion. The Alphonse Mellot Domaine Sancerre Le Demoiselle Rouge is one of the estate's best wines, showing that not only Burgundy can produce great Pinot Noir in France.

About Domaine Alphonse Mellot

The Mellot family is icon name in Loire Valley wine circles. A Mellot was named wine advisor to Louis XIV in 1698...

The current Mellots, father and son, running the famous Sancerre domaine are both called Alphonse! They continue a long tradition of excellence, mostly focussed on the famous La Moussiere vineyard in the upper Sancerre.

These are Sauvignons to sip, treasure and age.

Hand harvesting at Alphonse Mellot
Hand harvesting at Alphonse Mellot
Sancerre, France
Additional Info

From the Importer

Biodynamic. This fabulous old-vine Pinot Noir comes from a small, east-facing hillside that produces just 250 cases of wine per year. Also planted with a little Sauvignon, La Demoiselle was established in 1951, and is one of Sancerre's easier vineyards to locate, just below the Panoramic Hotel on the edge of the village. The soils are a mix of flint and flinty clay, the town being situated over the fault that runs through the appellation. While the winemaking essentially mirrors that of La Moussière, the yields here are somewhat lower still.

Opening with a refined nose of early-season cherry, cinnamon and vivid violet, it's a step up in intensity and weight from the wine Moussière rouge. Defined, elegant and focused, the palate is only medium-bodied yet caresses the mouth with waves of red fruits complexed by earthy mushroom and truffle notes. The finish carries lovely bright acidity and remarkably polished tannins.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Alphonse Mellot
Winemaker Alphonse Mellot
Sancerre, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Doctor

"The nose is smoky, with a lightly macerated sense to the fruit, with twists of tobacco and leather on the nose. It feels deliciously poised on the palate, delicate and nicely framed, with chalky tannins and a fresh acidity. The flavours show some evolution here, moving on from black bean and pepper to threads of liquorice, truffle and tobacco, all underscored by great energy and fresh acidity. These latter structural elements persist into the finish too, which has good length. Well done." Chris Kissack (The Wine Doctor)


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