France – Joseph Mellot
The Mellot winery was founded in Sancerre almost five centuries ago by Pierre-Etienne Mellot and has stayed in the family ever since. Quickly growing esteem in the region by 1698 César Mellot was entrusted with the weighty task of advising King Louis XIV on his choice of wines! Throughout the years, each new generation has continued to enrich and perfect the family’s winemaking skills. The families’ properties now include a restaurant in Sancerre, Auberge Joseph Mellot, as well as wine bars in Paris and Sancerre. The restaurant opened in 1882 in the heart of Sancerre, and since then has welcomed many famous personalities, including the impressionist painter Claude Monet.
Today, Joseph Mellot is the only estate that owns vineyards in all the appellations of the region. The vineyard area now extends over 85 hectares: 30 in Sancerre, 24 in Pouilly-Fumé, 14 in Quincy, 11 in Reuilly, 2 in the Coteaux du Giennois and 4 in Menetou-Salon. The family’s passion for excellence and dedication to wine of the Loire is palpable. The Mellot name has gained and sustained a high reputation for 5 centuries, a feat that speaks volumes to the quality of their wine.