Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Génération XIX 2016
|Region||France, Loire Valley, Sancerre|
The appearance: Pale gold yellow in colour with light green sheen, brilliant, lively and clear, a mature appearance. Mature and fresh nose. Finely expressed lemon scented honeydew, with hints of menthol, acacia then dried fruits, St George's mushrooms from meadows and iodised mineral. When opened hints of beeswax, gingerbread and menthol lemon appear. Full, fresh, rich and virile taste. An honest effect covered with mellowness well combined with acidity and halfway through it is joined by toasted nuts. The rich finish explodes in a hint of freshness accentuating the iodised mineral, Muscat and boxtree. Slight plant bitterness is mixed with long lasting quality. When older, it should change into terpenic aromas, white truffles on honeyed hazelnut background. A powerful fine wine, with dual complex / solidity and change / freshness. Pairings: Raw or baked oysters, mussels in thyme, clams in saffron flavoured soup, fried sand eels in Guerande salt and Andilly butter petals, Norway lobsters cassolette with gourmand peas, Loire pike in salty pastry, pink garlic monkfish fillet, fillet of sea bass in basil, calve's sweetbreads kebab, young rabbits'tails with Autumn mushrooms, all fresh or blue goatsmilk cheeses, almond biscuits, cold apricot tart.
Racy and pure, with a core of peach and gooseberry fruit that flirts with a creamy feel but stays just on the taut and steely side through the flint-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.