Wine of the Week: Joseph Mellott Sancerre

Open Joseph Mellot Sancerre Domaine De Bellecours 2013  a lovely wine from the Loire Valley in France, where, in 1698, Cesar Mellot advised Louis XIV on his personal choice of wines, as we move into Spring and discover a classic.

The family has been producing wines since the 1500s and was the very first winery to receive ISO 14001 certification in 2009 for its continued efforts to improve the environment. It was recognized for a long and distinguished history and its sustainable practices.

This wine, priced at retail in the mid-teens, reflects the soils of its region, rich in clay and limestone:

–  Siliceous clay soils on the hills in the eastern vineyards.

– “Caillottes”, very stony and calcareous.

– “Terres blanches” which are white and clay-limestone based.  The soil is enriched with compost.

The region is known for Sauvignon Blanc grapes from which Sancerre is produced, and Pinot Noir from which the red wines are made.

Early on in the effort to be sustainable, Joseph Mellot became as groundbreaker, reducingthe number of vine protection products to use only those with the least toxicity, and cartons are made from recycled paperboard.

In 2009, Joseph Mellot had carbon footprint and product assessments made to measure and reduce greenhouse gases. More recently, in 2013, the winery decided to reduce its CO2 emissions by 15% by using multilayer PET bottles for some of its white wines because they were lighter and cut by one-third the environmental impact of bring the wines to market, he says. The winery’s Sancerre offers notes of soft citrus, lemony and grassy.

Mellot today owns vineyards in all the region’s appellations and is known for continually perfecting and growing the family business.

 

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