Alphonse Mellot Edmond Sancerre Blanc 2020 (Loire Valley, France) - [VM 93]

Alphonse Mellot Edmond Sancerre Blanc 2020
(Loire Valley, France) - [VM 93]

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Tasting notes

The appearance: Pale gold yellow in colour with light green sheen - brilliant, bright and clear - a young honest appearance.

A rich majestic nose.

All is rich, ripe and powerful, whether it is fruity or floral.
Density, depth and balanced graceful "majestic nature" are established from the outset. Honey, vanilla, lemon, brioche etc., follow each other as if in a daydream, all orchestrated through a new woody tone.
Opening it makes it welcoming and tender with crisp plants revealing aniseed, menthol, liquorice and spices.

A gluttonous, rich and virile nose.

The effect is extensive, lively and gluttonous, ideally balanced between being highly well rounded and agreeably crisp. Smoothly rounded it gives full measure in establishing liquorice and aniseed, lime and vanilla, pepper and Muscat. The long spicy and woody finish is carved in flint.
All is rich in this virile whole: structure, substance, aromas, minerals.

When older, it should accentuate its buttered, grilled and vanilla coated hints favouring a better place for the mineral.

Good Lord, laughing and filled with wonder for one outstanding moment.


Wine - making

Sequential pneumatic pressing.
Static settling at temperatures below 10°C for about 48 hours.

Fermentation takes place in new casks for 60%, 20% in one wine casks and 20% in two wines casks at a temperature between 18 and 24°C.
The wood comes from predominantly French Bertrange oaks, the firewood of which is average and honey coloured. It is used for 228 l and 300 l casks, and 320 l flutes.

It is aged on fine lees and regularly pumped over a variable ageing period depending on the year (10 to 14 months on average).

About 26,000 bottles of the Edmond Vintage are produced and it is bottled by us on the estate.


Ratings & Reviews:

92-93 Points - Vinous:
"Hailing from a parcel of old vines (from 40 to 90 years old), the 2020 Cuvée Edmond is a sophisticated, finely focused Sancerre. It offers excellent concentration of fruit. Despite the hot, dry conditions in 2020, this cuvée has managed to achieve elegant balance, fine texture and a flood of acidity on the finish. (Drink between 2023-2033)