Discover the historic cellar of the house of Joseph Mellot, in the heart of Sancerre
Sancerre is the birthplace of the house of Joseph Mellot, whose family history dates back to the early 16th century, with a certain Pierre-Etienne Mellot, the first in a long line of winemakers.
The Sancerroise hill still guards our historic cellar, a place full of history. It is located on a small street, in the heart of the village and a short walk from L’Auberge Joseph Mellot and our boutique La Vigne et le Vin. To discover this very old cellar, which was created in the 12th century, you must first push the high and heavy oak door, then take the narrow staircase that gives access to the two lower levels, where rows of French oak barrels line up.
We vinify the four premium cuvées from the Joseph Mellot collection: the Cuvée Pierre-Etienne, Le Connétable and La Grande Châtelaine in AOC Sancerre, and La Cuvée des Edvins in AOC Pouilly-Fumé.
These cuvées are vinified in fine grained oak barrels.
The wood, from the forests of Bertranges and Saint-Palais, near Sancerre, is first worked on in a wood workshop from the region, a merranderie: this is where the staves are split, that is, the oak staves that will be used to make the barrels. These staves are called douelles, pieces of wood that are then worked on, heated and assembled, by talented coopers, also from Centre-Loire.
At each harvest, our team brings a few new barrels down into the wombs of the cellar; we renew 1/3 of our barrels each year. This requires a certain dexterity, for it is not easy to get them there, with the narrow stone stairs. We do this in the same way our ancestors did, carefully and cautiously. It is then a question of aligning them perfectly, both for the harmony and aesthetics of the cellar, but also out of respect for this historic place.
On the second and final level is where the tastings take place, in our vaulted cellar with extra soul, delighting wine lovers. The conditions are ideal to taste a selection of our emblematic wines, accompanied by Crottins de Chavignol AOP, another treasure of our regional terroir.
To dive into the history of Joseph Mellot’s house, discover our historic cellar and experience a tasting in this unique place. Just contact us to make an appointment! You will benefit from a guided and commented tour, followed by a tasting.
Scheduled visit and tasting:
€8 per person (€10 with Crottins de Chavignol AOP)
02 48 54 00 90