There have been 19 generations of Mellots, all called Alphonse, in charge of the family estate in Sancerre. This wine celebrates that fact in dense fruits and dry tannins, a wine that has weight, and certainly needs to age. At this stage, the wood is showing dominance, but there's plenty of fruit here.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.