Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Cuvee Edmund 2012 – The Greatest Sancerre of All Time?



A plethora of outstanding Eastern Loire Valley dry white wines have graced the pages of Parker’s Wine Advocate over the years. I’m speaking of all the appellations – Sancerre (and her most well-known sub district, Chavignol), Pouilly-Fume, Pouilly-sur-Loire, and Menetou-Salon.

Perhaps I’ve tasted slightly fewer than the expansive collection available to readers via Wine Advocate, but this is a favorite region of mine so I’ve sampled several dozen of each from dozens of vintages. Spanning all those vintages, across all regions, districts and cuvees – to include the biggest names: Neveu, Reverdy, Dagueneau, Riffault, Cotat, Crochet, Vacheron, Vatan, Blanchet, Bourgeois – there has never been a higher rated, more cult-like cuvee of wine from this corner of the Loire Valley (my book OR Advocate’s) until now.

Dedicated to his father Alphonse Edmund, produced from centenarian Sauvignon Blanc grapes growing in what must be the most coveted slice of calcareous marl soils in Europe, Advocate call this the “most precise expression of the kimmeridgian terroir”.


2012 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmund  

Aromas of limes, yellow citrus, crushed stones, herbs, chamomile and honey lead the 2012 Sancerre Edmond to a refreshingly mineral, profund and pure palate of great expression and a stimulating length with citrus flavors…there is nothing more on the nose than ripe fruit aromas (nectarines again) based on and powdered with rock flour. This exceptional Sancerre was fermented and aged for 11 months in wooden vats and new demi-muid barrels, which initially seemed to add a further layer to this already very complex wine. However, the oak was completely absorbed by the minerality, which shines through even clearer the second day when Edmond became significantly more pure, transparent and “naked.” Its length, complexity and tension, though, remains unrivaled. This is a really powerful and expressive Sancerre but does neither lack purity nor finesse, thrill nor aging potential. I would definitely buy it to give it 8-10 years although it is already accessible.

96 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate