A family history dating back to 1513
The Mellot family name has been associated with winemaking since 1513. César Mellot, who gained recognition as wine advisor to Louis XIV, was at the head of a long dynasty of passionate winemakers whose know-how has been passed down from generation to generation.
In the 1920s, Alphonse Mellot, Alexandre’s great grandfather, was the first Sancerre producer to exhibit his wines at the Foire de Paris. He went on to receive numerous medals at events in the wine and food industries. He later opened a wine warehouse in Paris’ “Halle aux Vins” in Bercy in order to develop sales in the capital. His two sons, Edmond and Joseph, took over from him in 1946.
In 1969, Edmond and Joseph Mellot divided up the Alphonse Mellot domain. Joseph Mellot took over the winery and gave it his name.
In the 1960s, Joseph Mellot was already exporting wines to Denmark, the Netherlands and Great Britain: from there on the domain’s reputation continued to grow.
In 1984, Joseph’s son, Alexandre, Catherine Corbeau Mellot’s husband, took over the family estate. Alexandre Mellot was a pioneer who believed in the huge potential of the wines of Sancerre and the Central vineyards of the Loire Valley. He expanded the vineyards, modernised the winery’s equipment and boosted export sales. He was joined in 1987 by his wife Catherine who took over the sales and marketing operations.
Today, Catherine Corbeau Mellot continues her husband’s work, overseeing the domain’s 100 hectares, among vineyards distributed across the different Central Loire Valley appellations. Her attention to detail and flair for winemaking have led the Joseph Mellot estate to greater success. Making wines from the Pouilly-Fumé appellation since 1982, the Domain Joseph Mellot demonstrates its belief in the complementarity of Central Loire Valley wines. Progressively expanding into the appellations of Quincy, Reuilly, Menetou-Salon, and Coteaux du Giennois, the Domain demonstrates a belief in the individuality of each terroir and preserving the distinct characteristics that make each of these wines unique.
1994: Acquisition of the Jacques Marchand estate in the Pouilly-Fumé appellation area.
1995: Joseph Mellot takes over Pierre Duret in Quincy.
1999: The Clos du Pressoir in Menetou-Salon and a vineyard in Coteaux du Giennois join Joseph Mellot.
2001: Acquisition of Jean Michel Sorbe’s vineyards in Quincy and Reuilly.
2002: Creation of a winery in Quincy, designed to receive the grapes harvested in Quincy and Reuilly. This winery, which was named “Le Sentier du Vin” (The Wine Trail), also includes a tasting room and an outdoor educational walking tour.
Currently, the size of the Domain Joseph Mellot allows excellent wines to be offered for export sales. Numerous restaurants and luxury establishments from Asia and America to Scandinavia and Eastern Europe feature Joseph Mellot’s wines. Served at some of the world’s finest tables, our wines have gained international renown.
In June 2009, Joseph Mellot adopted a proactive stance on sustainable development by becoming the first winery among the Central vineyards of the Loire Valley to obtain ISO 14001 certification, an international standard for environmental management systems.