François and Janis lead Maison Méry-Melrose, and they have charted their own course for the company. Their independent spirit and original vision have propelled the company’s transition to organic agriculture, the launch of the independent organic Grande Champagne Maison Méry-Melrose line, and the expansion of distribution throughout Europe and into North America and China.
Winegrower – Winemaker – Distiller – Cellar Master – Blender
“Organic growing, for me, is about respect, for myself and for others, its about care and patience – responsibility – balance – a commitment to health & the health of the environment”.
Organic grower – Winemaker
Janis Melrose’s story begins in another part of the world famous for distillation: Scotland.
She grew up in a small town to the west of Edinburgh, the former site of a famous liqueur factory and whisky distillery. After college, she was undecided about her career path, but a passion for traveling led her to spend 10 years living and working around the world, including Australia and London. While in London, she started taking a course on wine, and found herself amazed at the amount of complexity and range that could come from a humble grape.
Wine quickly morphed from a hobby to a full-fledged passion. After completing WSET certification, she traveled to Bordeaux to learn to make wine, propelled by a dream of one day having her own organic vineyard and winery. While visiting the city of Cognac to taste its native spirit in 2003, she met Francois. After studying viti-oeno Baccalauréat Pro she started making organic wine from grapes grown in an existing organic vineyard, this led to Francois converting his land to organic, and together they started to develop the Maison Méry-Melrose organic portfolio.
Today, Janis and Francois work hand in hand to manage and develop Maison Méry-Melrose, she is naturally devoted to Méry Melrose, her values define the direction of the company and products, she manages the business development, export and marketing communications, although her priority is their two young children, their family’s source of joy and happiness. She sees François’ commitment to organic agriculture as a demonstration of his love and respect for the future of the next generation.
Méry Family History – four generations of reinvention
L’Ebaupin, The Méry Estate, 1851