Our Story


A Farming Artist and his Wife

Méry Melrose is an artisan cognac house, established in 2012, by François and Janis Méry.  An independent cognac house with organic vineyards, a distillery, aging and blending cellars, that has begun distribution of its’ hand-crafted cognacs worldwide.

Janis Méry (Melrose)

Co-Founder, Janis Méry brings passion and creativity to Méry Melrose. Her story begins in another part of the world famous for distillation : Scotland.  After completing the Certificate in Wine and Spirits with WSET, she arrived in Bordeaux in 2003, and studied French, then achieved a Viticulture & Oenology Diploma, in the Cognac region.  This lead to her establishing a winery in an old « chai » and fermenting organic grapes to make wine.  Janis and François work hand in hand to manage and develop their artisan cognac house, where she manages the export and marketing.

In her free time, she loves to cook, stretch, garden, read and spend time with her husband and their two beautiful, amazing children.

François Méry

François has spent his entire life in pursuit of the purest expressions of Grande Champagne Cognac.  A fourth-generation distiller, he learned to use a traditional Charentais pot still from his Father and Grandfather.

François’ story is not only about tradition. As a young man, he traveled to Australia, where he worked for a small, independent, biodynamic wine producer, who made and marketed wine their own way.  There, he first began to dream of having his own independent cognac house, that could encapsulate the terroir he knew so well: the chalky soil of the Grande Champagne cru, the snails, the hares, the vines, the brilliant sun, and the hardworking and resilient Charentais people.

Grape to Bottle

At Méry Melrose, each stage of the production is overseen by François Méry.  He is passionate about his craft;  the vines, the distillation, the aging and blending of each cognac.  French, and very proud of his heritage, his passion has driven him to perfect his craft and he delivers a truly unique expression of cognac.

The Name

When François and Janis fell in love, a long time ago, they decided to make a fabulous life together, and a cognac house.  They knew that it would require, patience, hardwork, luck and love to succeed.  When naming their cognac brand they were inspired by each other, so they created Méry Melrose. The rose, Melrose, symbol represents love; of their family, each other and craft.

The Design

Méry Melrose bottle with character, and the distinctive design of the cognac collection, was influenced by parietal art found in ancient caves of France, which date back some 18,000 years, to a time when man lived beside animal thus the labels show animals, human figures, and abstract signs,  The labels symbolise our ancestors, history, time and art.