Sancerre is usually known in Germany for a fabulous white wine. And thats what the well known Domaine Joseph Mellot stands for. It has just won a 2018 Gold Medal for the outstanding La Grande Châtelaine 2015 by the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. Our congratulations for this award.
500 years of winemaking is a really astonishing tradition. The historic family-owned wine estate is located in the Centre-Loire vineyards of Sancerre. It was founded in 1513. Generations of the Mellot family have refined the art of making great wine. In the 17 century César Mellot gained recognition as wine advisor to King Louis XIV known for his long reign and his lavish style at Versailles.
The Mellot family followed the career of vigneron (grape owner and winemaker) as well as wine merchants. It the 1800s the family had her own Inn at Sancerre and in 1881 was granted a licence to sell it wines troughout France and abroad.
In this tradition Mrs. Catherine Corbeau Mellot traveled as President of the Domaine Joseph Mellot to PROWEIN as an ambassador for the Grands Vins of Centre Loire region. Mrs. Mellot runs a 100 hectare company with various vineyards at several locations. Since 2002 the winery “Le Sentier du Vin” was established to receive the grapes harvested in Quincy and Reuily. Menetou-salon, Côteaux de Giennois and Châteumeillant add to the diversity of the portfolio.
Mrs. Mellot is very active and initiated the creation of the Association of the Dames de Coeur de Loire part of the french wine women – a group of 30 women from 7 wineries with different functions.
So it was a nice surprise for me to meet Mrs. Catherine Corbeau Mellot and taste her Rosé. LE RABAULT is made from Pinot Noir.
The nose develops floral notes of rose and peony at first and the rasberry scents. There is is a fine full taste with a freshness at the end, giving it a lasting quality.
This wine is pleasant because of its freshness and delicate aromas. It is a good companion for a summer evening even in cooler countries. It does not need hot climate to convince with the freshness.
The winemaker suggests the wine is perfect with deli meat, white meats, exotic dishes and sweet/savory dishes. The ideal serving temperature is between 10° and 12°C.
You’ll get to Sancerre and the Domaine Joseph Mellot within 2 hours from Paris: