Pouilly-Fumé Le Chant des Vignes 2018, Joseph Mellot
France / Loire
Andy's Tasting Notes
Pouilly Fumé is never about ‘fruitiness’, it is its subtle and yet intense minerality which sets it apart from many other Sauvignon Blanc wines. Intense yet elegant, with classic Pouilly Fumé ‘smokiness’ in abundance. A complex nose of grapefruit and gunflint, with a fresh tropical fruit palate. This wine has excellent length.
In 2010, Joseph Mellot were awarded the ‘Agriculture Raisonnée’ (Integrated Agriculture) certification which shows a commitment to the environment above and beyond merely respecting regulations. They were also the first French business and vineyard to join the 10:10 climate change campaign in autumn 2009, committed to the voluntary reduction of greenhouse gases.
Price per bottle £15.35
Deeply rooted in the heart of Sancerre, the history of Joseph Mellot spans 500 years and several generations of the Mellot family. Founded by Pierre Etienne Mellot in 1513, the family-run estate is today one of Sancerre’s largest and undoubtedly most prestigious.
In 1984, the current generation, under the stewardship of Alexandre Mellot, took over the estate. Alexandre Mellot was one of the region’s pioneers who believed in the huge potential of the Loire’s Central Vineyard wines. He invested in the expansion of vineyards, modernisation of the winery and in developing exports. In 1987, he was joined by his wife, Catherine Corbeau-Mellot, who then looked after sales and marketing. Following Alexandre’s tragic death in 2005 Catherine took the reins of the family business.
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