Deeply rooted in the heart of Sancerre, the history of Joseph Mellot spans 500 years and several generations of the Mellot family. Founded by Pierre-Etienne Mellot in 1513 the family-run estate is today one of Sancerre's largest and undoubtedly most prestigious.
Current owner Catherine Corbeau-Mellot and her team strongly believe in the notion of terroir. Holding close to 100 hectares of land spanning all the appellations of the Central Vineyards, they are committed to bringing out the extraordinary potential and individual nuances of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the different appellations. Joseph Mellot is the only winery that owns vines and produces wines from the seven main appellations of the Central Loire region (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Quincy, Reuilly, Menetou-Salon, Coteaux du Giennois and Châteaumeillant).
See here for an excellent (albeit 10-minute-long) video on (Domaine) Joseph Mellot (French, English subtitles).
Wine production is carried out according to the terroir, so as to respect the specific character of each vintage. The wines are produced at one of three sites, one in Sancerre, one in Maltaverne in Pouilly-Fumé and one in Quincy, giving them a firm control over the wines they make. For white wines, the pressing is slow, and is carried out in pneumatic presses in order to extract the purest juice. For certain plots of land and depending on the years, pressing may be preceded by pre-fermentation maceration.
The grapes are grown on predominantly siliceous soils. All vineyard processes are carried out in an environmental manner, adapted to each terroir.
For this Pouilly-Fumé, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note (alas only the 2016 is available) from the team at Joseph Mellot.
Joseph Mellot Pouilly-Fume Le Chant Des Vignes 2018 - fiche technique
Sauvignon Blanc 100%.
Yellow pale and brilliant colour with golden hues. Complex nose, citrus fruit and exotic fruit notes. Fresh and vivid attack. Passion fruit and orange aromas. Nice aromatic persistence.
ABV = 13.0%.