Ethereal is not a word often used to describe a Sauvignon Blanc.
Truth be told, my first reach for white wine is often a white Burgundy. However, Alphonse Mellot's "La Moussiere" Sancerre has me rethinking my white wine repertoire.
La Moussiere is the cornerstone of the Alphonse Mellot domaine, which is now in its 19th successive generation of winemaking.
The oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines on the planet are located on the south-facing ridge of "La Moussiere."
If you like Sancerre, this wine is for you!
Pure. Chalky. Dry. Delicious! The citrus fruit is present but not overwhelming; soft spices lead to flinty, limestone minerality which frames this wonderful white. The finish is long and endless. Lively, supple lemon-lime accents are followed by a touch of white pepper.
Last night I enjoyed a bottle of La Moussiere (with a few years of bottle age I might add). It was lively and crisp and gorgeously textured with chalky accents - the cuvee's calling card.
All farming is organic and certified biodynamic with a focus on low yields and ideal ripeness.
It is so good, we also have it in 375ml (half-bottles), here.
Here are just a few delicacies that pair with La Moussiere: tuna tartare, mussels "à la Charentaise", chanterelle mushroom omelettes, baked Norway lobsters, raw oysters, braised ham with white sauce, Chavignol goat's milk cheeses, and puff pastries.
This wine is about to get its second price hike in two years - make sure you enjoy some before it does.