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At the beginning of the sixth century, Alphonse Mellot founded a tavern in Sancerre, France where one could savour the local wines – and so began a flourishing trade.

Today, this centuries old winemaking tradition is perpetuated by Alphonse Mellot father and son, the 18th and 19th generation to bear the name. Their wines are produced from the upper Sancerre vineyard, the most famous of which is the Domaine la Moussiere. Its exceptional quality has led to it being officially classified as a unique category amongst the Sancerre wines.

The Domaine la Moussiere comprises one single vineyard of over thirty hectares. Its ideally exposed location on the south-western tip of Sancerre, its chalk soil and its specific sub-soil are all perfect conditions for the cultivation of the vine. The vineyard includes some very old vines, some close to 90 years old, which contributes to the complexity and heritage of the wines.

All of these factors make Alphonse Mellot special. They understand the terroir and combine traditions such as working by hand and with the land, with modern technology where beneficial. The Mellots have always looked forward, adapted where necessary but stood by their ethos of continuing to strive generation after generation for perfection.

We cannot believe how fortunate we are in being able to present to you this Fine Wine in New Zealand. It truly is a gem.


Read our blog on Alphonse Mellot here or visit their website here