Cognac, the noble spirit, is crafted in the Cognac Region of France. Maison Méry Melrose create fine quality cognacs exclusively Grande Champagne, the Premier Cru of Cognac.
Our vineyards are in the Grande Champagne Cru of Cognac.
We cultivate vines that were planted by our ancestors – the soil is alive with the mystery of history.
The crafting of cognac is the transformation of grapes, through vinification and distillation, an art which requires great imagination.
The hard work begins in the vineyard and we are passionate about our vines. We respect the land and nature and cultivate organically, after all we have a responsibility to the future generation that will inherit the land.
We grow white grape varieties; Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard and Montils, for cognac and pineau.
Red grapes; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for pineau and wine, finally the Chardonnay grape, that famous grape originating from the Burgundy wine region of France, for our white wine.
Our vineyards are certified organic by ECOCERT in France.
Distillation has been a tradition in Cognac since the 16th century. François Méry elaborates cognac at the distillery and cellars that were founded by his grandfather in 1946.
Faithful to the tradition of our ancestors and know-how of a great cellar master, François Méry distills using his family’s Charentaise copper still.
Double distillation occurs in small batch, the capacity of the still is 20 HL and only the heart cut becomes cognac. We capture and concentrate the finest aromas of cognac.
A distinctive feature of our cognac is our distillation method which consists in distilling the wine with its lees, this creates the most powerful cognac, which can endure long aging, a tradition typical of the Grande Champagne Cru.
The Cellar, Blending & Bottling
COGNAC Appellation d’origine contrôlée
There are precise rules regarding the production of Cognac, and these rules are tightly controlled under French law.
Cognac has an Appellation of Origin and the rules of production are tightly controlled under French law. As well as using particular grapes, and double distilling in the traditional way, cognac must be matured for at least two years in French oak barrel.
As the cognac matures it develops rich aromas, a slow and natural process.
The cellar master, François Méry, ensures the appropriate aging of the eaux-de-vie and then carefully selects each cognac to prepare the finest blend for each cognac in our collection.
We bottle our cognac in our cellars at 40% alcohol/volume.