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Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Cuvée Edmond 2012
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.
Matching wine and food: Belon oysters, crayfish cooked in a court-bouillon, scallops in caramelised chicory, sauteed Sancerre chicken with mixed vegetables in butter, chitterlings sausage in mustard seed, fresh Chavignol goatsmilk cheese, blue and remade, fresh fruit topped with toasted cheese in Sancerre zabaglione, egg whites with vanilla custard.
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