About the wine maker
The dynasty of the Joseph Mellot Estate in the Loire Valley was founded in Sancerre almost five centuries ago by Pierre-Etienne Mellot and, since then, the family has always been involved in winemaking. In fact, in 1698, César Mellot was entrusted with the weighty task of advising King Louis XIV on his choice of wines. Today the estate is owned and managed by Catherine Corbeau-Mellot, wife of the late Alexandre Mellot.
The best wines are those made when all aspects of the grape production and vinification can be closely managed; key to this is owning the vineyards from which the grapes are sourced. Alexandre achieved his goal to own vineyards, and develop an expertise in each appellation of the Central Loire: a unique feat.
As an introduction to the style and finesse of the Loire Valley, Destinéa Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Rosé are great starting points. If looking for the ultimate expression of terroir, taste the Sancerre La Grande Châtelaine, produced from the estate’s oldest vines grown on limestone and silex-rich soils; or the Sancerre Rouge Le Connétable, showcasing sublime, hand-picked Pinot Noir.
Founded in 1882, the Auberge has been run by the women of the family. As well as serving delicious food traditional to the area, including winegrower’s terrine, Sancerre ham smoked over vine leaves and local cheeses, the restaurant is a museum of wine and home to wine artefacts dating back over 500 years.