The Vineyard

Organic Nurtured

Grapes to Cognac…

Méry Melrose know how to make cognac, and are leaders in the region for organic viticulture, distillation and winemaking.  The grapes for our estate wines and organic cognac are sourced solely from our vineyards in Salles d’Angles, the Grande Champagne Cru.

The soil is alive with the mystery of history…

Our vineyards are certified organic by Ecocert and we are proud to cultivate our vines and grow grapes using only traditional and natural methods.

Our 25-hectare vineyard is located in the Grande Champagne cru of Charente, long recognized as the finest and most desirable terroir in the world for making Cognac.  Like the region famous for Champagne, our cru takes its name from a Latin word that refers to white, chalky soil, a characteristic shared by both regions.

We grow three different grapes for distillation: Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Folle Blanche. While recognized for adding complexity and finesse to Cognac, Colombard and Folle Blanche are now rare in the region because they are challenging to grow.  We also cultivate several noble Bordeaux varieties for wine, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, as well as Chardonnay, a grape that originated in Burgundy and loves our mineral-rich, chalky soil.

 

Organic growing, for me, is about respect, for myself and for others, its about care and patience – responsibility – balance – a commitment to health, and the health of the environment.”

“I believe, François’ commitment to organic agriculture is a demonstration of his love and respect for the future of the next generation.”

        ~  Janis Méry

In 2005, we began transitioning our vineyards to organic management, which is still uncommon in the Cognac region.  By 2014, all of the vines we cultivate became certified organic, and we now manage one of the largest stocks of organic Grande Champagne Cognac.

We decided to go organic because our family lives, works, and plays among the vines, and because we believe organic cultivation helps us better exemplify the unmediated terroir of Grande Champagne, which can be seen in the perfumed, fruity flavor and persistent length of our Grande Champagne Cognacs.