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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.


Wine of the Week – Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre, 2013

Summer’s the time for crisp white wines and this lovely Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre 2013 from Saget La Perriere is an outstanding way to celebrate the season. It’s from the Loire Valley in France where the family-owned winery is now in its ninth generation.
You’ll think of summer flowers as you sip this Sauvignon Blanc with its minerality, hints of citrus fruits and bright golden hue. This is a wine that pairs well with seafood and shellfish, but also makes a marvelous glass by itself. The grapes are harvested by hand and mechanically each fall.
The caves of La Perriere were carved 200 million years ago and provide the perfect spot to age the wines from the estate’s 106 acres. This Sancerre is 12.5 ABV.
Visit Pasternak Wine Imports to learn more.