Emmanuelle Mellot 2018 Sparkling Vouvray "Dans Ma Bulle" Loire Valley
This is one of those fun wine stories I love to share. Emmanuelle is the daughter of legendary Loire producer Alphonse Mellot. She was raised in the family business and developed, over her many years, wonderful relationships with the growers that her family domaine would purchase grapes from. When Alphonse wanted to hand over the business, he gave the winemaking task to his son. Not that unusual and his son too had been working with his father running the family business. Now when we introduce another, outside, say sister-in-law type person, well that is when things got a little murky and Emmanuelle was inspired to take a leap into her own venture. Dude. Dudes, we are so lucky she did! Using long term relationships with growers Emmanuelle was able to procure a small amount of grapes from her most cherished appellations withing the Loire, Vouvray being one of them. This vintage sparkling Vouvray is made from 100% Chenin Blanc and is Emmanuelle’s first release under her own project. It’s stunning. Explosive, expansive, layered, texturally beguiling and tremendously long! This is top notch winemaking here and to capture the soul of Vouvray dancing along, in a bubble across the palate, what a treat.