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Biodynamic. Although the price may raise a few eyebrows, we’re knee deep in Burgundy territory here. To give you some background, Mellot is no stranger in Beaune and the story goes that each year he participates in a benchmarking session with a group of top Burgundian growers. It sounds like a prodigious tasting, and Mellot—who does not want for confidence—enters his ‘Grand Cru’ Génération Dix-Neuf into the line-up. To cut a long story short, it became clear to Mellot and his fellow tasters that the humble Sancerre was holding its own against some of the top vineyards of the Cote d’Or.
But this is only part of the story. The Génération Dix-Neuf is sourced from a parcel of 60-plus-year-old vines on Saint-Doulchard marls in the Chambrates and Paradis lieux-dits, southwest of Sancerre. Mellot describes the latter vineyard as the “Musigny of Sancerre”. This site—under one hectare of densely planted old vines with their own full-time vigneron—is cropped at an eye-wateringly low 20 hl/ha.
To the best of our knowledge this is one of only two reds in the Mellot cellars fermented entirely as whole bunches. It was raised for over 12 months in new, large-format barrel and bottled unfiltered.
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate in Melbourne, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage, and recognise the continuing sovereignties of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations.
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