Wine of the week: Joseph Mellot – Sancerre Le Rabault – 2016

Proud of its origins and history, Domaine Joseph Mellot is a dignified representative of Centre-Loire wines. Located in Sancerre since 1513, its range of wines impresses over the years with its homogeneity and quality.

A few years ago, the wines were more woody and had taken an international trend. But for some time now, what has made the estate so successful, namely its fruit and clarity, has returned, to our great delight.

When you think of Sancerre, you inevitably think of great white wines: their capacity of ageing and their extraordinary capacity to reflect the adequacy between the terroirs and a single grape variety, sauvignon blanc.

But this is to forget that this appellation also produces very beautiful red wines. They are not as precise or delicate as the white wines, but are made from a single grape variety, pinot noir, and are very pleasant way to get off the beaten track of a wine-growing Burgundy that is beginning to frighten wine lovers with prices that are far too speculative.

Rabault is a parcel of vines located on slopes dominated by flint, which explains the beautiful tension in the wine. It is a rather classic wine after all, but one that will delight the most sensitive of enlightened wine lovers.

It will be perfect on a Tian de légumes and white meat, for example.

Joseph Mellot Estate – Sancerre – Le Rabault – 2016

Elegant and dynamic nose for a floral bouquet and very cherry cherry. Charming; a juicy and fleshy texture with a beautiful length and a subtle bitter texture on the finish, which is a little more pronounced and becomes airy. Not the densest of red Sancerres, but certainly a beautiful interpretation of this flint-rich terroir. 88/100

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