Wine Dinner with Alphonse Mellot at Del Ray Cafe [Cancelled]

March 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Del Ray Cafe
205 E Howell Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
Wine Dinner with Alphonse Mellot at Del Ray Cafe [Cancelled] @ Del Ray Cafe | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

This dinner has been cancelled.

As far back as the XVI century, in 1513 to be exact, the local records mention the Mellot family, whose life even at that time was governed by the seasons of the vine and the production of wines of excellent quality. The Mellot family, vine-growers and wine merchants, were again mentioned during the siege of the town. They pursued their patient labors and continued to gain recognition because César Mellot was appointed as Wine Advisor to Louis XIV in 1698. At the beginning of the XIX century, Alphonse Mellot founded a tavern in Sancerre where one could savor the local wines and so began a flourishing trade that was to continue. In 1881, he was granted a license to ship his wine throughout France and all over the World. Today, this centuries old winemaking tradition is perpetuated by Alphonse Mellot, father and son, the 18th and 19th to bear the name. The 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 among 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. White Sancerre is produced from Sauvignon Blanc, with small, very tightly packed grapes, that is among the oldest known varieties. Sancerre has an eminent position in the hierarchy of white wines thanks to its great finesse, its bouquet and fruitiness. Red and rosé Sancerre are produced from Pinot Noir, particularly from the older vines of the ‘Vieux Clos Chambrastes’. Legend has it that this vineyard is located on the site of an ancient roman encampment.

Domaine La Moussiere Rosé, 2015

First Course
Frisée & Asparagus Salad with Lardons, Crispy Shallots and Poached Organic Farm Egg
Pouilly Fume, 2015

Second Course
Wild Mushroom Risotto with a White Truffle Essence
“Cuvée Edmond” Blanc, 2014

Main Course
Rabbit Ballotine with Heirloom Baby Carrots and a Whole Grain Mustard Sauce
“La Demoiselle” Rouge, 2012

de Chevre à la Planche Chavignol / Humboldt Fog
“Génération XIX” Rouge, 2005

$99 plus Taxes & Gratuity. When reserving, please write “Mellot Dinner” in the reservation notes (Link above).

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