2014 Alphonse Mellot Grands Champs Sancerre Rouge

Pinot Noir - 1.5L
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REVIEWS

WE 94 WA 92
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, October 2017

From old vines planted in a single vineyard, this is a spectacular red. It has the crisp acidity of the cool-climate Sancerre, but it also has the weight and ripeness of a fine Burgundy. The wood aging has left a spicy...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2016

From 66-year-old vines on limestone soils, the 2014 Sancerre En Grands Champs offers a deep, elegant and floral, as well as spicy bouquet with perfectly ripe red and dark fruit aromas. Firm, fresh and pure on the palate...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country France
Region Loire Valley
Sub-region Sancerre
Vintage 2014
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

The 2014 Alphonse Mellot En Grands Champs Sancerre Rouge is a noteworthy example of Pinot Noir from the renowned Loire Valley in France. This red wine, produced by Alphonse Mellot, is crafted from 66-year-old vines planted in limestone soils, which contribute to its unique characteristics. Packaged with a traditional cork closure, it has an alcohol content of 13.0%.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine a solid score of 92. Reviewer SR described it as having "a deep, elegant and floral, as well as spicy bouquet with perfectly ripe red and dark fruit aromas." The review highlights the wine's firm, fresh, and pure palate, noting it as "an excellent Pinot Noir with a firm mineral and tannic structure, but also a stunning finesse and a serious charm." The finish is particularly remarkable for being "stimulatingly fresh and salty," indicating the wine's potential for aging.

Wine Enthusiast gave an even more favorable review, scoring the wine 94 points. Roger Voss praised it as "a spectacular red" that balances the crisp acidity characteristic of the Sancerre region with the weight and ripeness comparable to a fine Burgundy. Voss noted that the old vines and single vineyard origin contribute to its complexity. He also mentioned that the wood aging imparts "a spicy toasty edge to the beautiful cherry fruits and acidity." Voss recommended letting the wine age for another year, suggesting it would be at its best if consumed from 2019 onwards.

In summary, the 2014 Alphonse Mellot En Grands Champs Sancerre Rouge is a distinguished Pinot Noir known for its floral and spicy bouquet, firm mineral structure, and balanced acidity. It is a wine with both finesse and aging potential, highly regarded by both Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast.