Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Joseph Mellot La Graveliere Sancerre

Joseph Mellot La Graveliere Sancerre 2012
Loire Valley, France

Another Kosher wine! This time, we go to the Loire for a bright Sancerre. I'm particularly excited for Joseph Mellot because this wine is simply Kosher -- not Mevushal. This means that it hasn't been boiled (and that observant Jews would not be able to drink it if I served it). Luckily it's just me (a non-observant Jew) and the Catholic spouse for dinner.

A bit about the winemakers... The Mellot family has been making wine in Sancerre since the early 1500's. Like Domaine Hippolyte, the estate is well entrenched in sustainable practices and terrior driven wines. The La Graveliere is made from grapes grown primarily on clay and limestone. The grapes as fully destemmed (which I like in my Sauv Blanc to reduce phenolic bitterness) and fermented in stainless steel.

Review: This wine is a pale lemon color with aromas of jasmine, green pears, and lemon flesh. The palate is bone dry with bright acidity and a soft mouth feel. It has flavors of lemon custard, green melon, passion fruit, steely minerals, and sweet green herb. The slate and citrus linger for a generous finish. 
Food Pairing: That herbaceous tone goes beautifully with braised chicken and fennel!  

Bottom Line: Perfect layering of flavors and bright acid. It comes just barely premium priced ($31) and worth every penny. Delicious


Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Sancerre AOC  (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: Sauvignon Blanc
  • BOOZE: 12.5% 
  • CELLAR: Drink through 2020

Where did I get it? Wegman's
What's the damage? High Price

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