Alphonse Mellot 2012 Sancerre, "Les Herses," Loire Valley, France
Wine Advocate rating: 94+..."The fresh and flinty purity and citrus-flavored length without any juiciness(but all the more piquancy) indicates the origin of the austere yet elegant 2012 Sancerre Les Herses. It comes from a southeast exposed 1.6 hectare parcel with 45-year-old Sauvignon vines on flint over flinty clay soils and was fermented and aged in wooden vats and tonneaus for ten months before it went for another six months into vats. The wine is full-bodied, pure, mineral and fresh, very well and firmly structured but still very young, developing an enormous citric and salty length of great purity and tension. Anticipated potential: 2018–2022+."