Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Grande Chatelaine

£31.95 / bottle
£364.23 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Grande Chatelaine is a Cuvée Prestige, a fantastic barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. It is the estate’s top white wine.

Domain Joseph Mellot was established in 1513 by Pierre Etienne Mellot and remains in the Mellot family to this day. The estate is currently under the stewardship of Catherine Corbeau Mellot who found herself in the role after the tragic death of her husband, Alexandre Mellot, in 2005. Domaine Joseph Mellot is one of the most historic wine companies in the Loire, certainly one of the most prestigious and has been key in developing vino-tourism in the region. As well as vineyards in Sancerre, they also own vineyards in Menetou Salon and Pouilly Fume. Mellot also own two other domaines in the Loire. They are Domaine Jean-Michel Sorbe acquired in 1999, who have vineyards in Quincy and Reuilly and Domaine Pierre Duret acquired in 1995 and also located in Quincy.

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes for Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Grande Chatelaine come from the estate’s oldest vines which are planted on pebbly clay-limestone slopes which are known as “caillottes”. After hand-harvesting and careful selection the grapes are gently and slowly pressed and the juice is cold settled. The juice is barrel-fermented in French oak, 30% of which is new, at the Mellot’s historic cellars in the centre of the village of Sancerre itself. The fermentation last between 2 and 7 months and the wine is aged a further 20 months prior to release. Barrel-fermentation and ageing lends fantastic oaky, vanilla character to the wine without being overbearing.

Joseph Mellot was the first domain in the Central Loire Valley to obtain ISO 14001 certification and BRC A accreditation. Today all of its vineyards are cultivated according to the principles of sustainable agriculture.

This wine is suitable or vegetarians and vegans.

Tasting Notes

From Mellot:

Appearance: yellow hue with gold highlights.

Nose: intense nose with aromas of apricot, lemon, and delicate woody notes.

Palate: mineral and precise marked by yellow-flesh fruits which bring complexity and suppleness. Well-balanced and persistent finish.

Food pairing

Try with monkfish, creamy seafood risotto or with mature cheeses.


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