Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Génération XIX
|France, Loire Valley, Sancerre
Having tasted the white Generation XIX a year ago before it headed for the bottling line, its pedigree continues to shine. This is a serious, seductive and structured Sancerre. Full and pure, it blossoms in the mouth and opens up with its lees derived characters meeting stone fruit. The texture is its winning card; a chalky veil covers all sides of the mouth on the harmonious, refined finish. Gorgeous now and will continue to be over the coming decade.
The 2018 Sancerre Génération Dix-Neuf (XIX) opens with a very clear, pure and, given the warm and dry vintage, beautifully fresh and mineral-scented bouquet with flinty and yeasty notes intermingled with white fruit aromas. Generously fruity but also salty, pure and tensioned on the palate, this is a full-bodied and elegant but thrilling 2018 Sancerre with a spectacularly long and iodine-laced finish. 13% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in January 2022.