Organic Estate Wines
Since 2006 we have made organic estate wines which are made entirely from organic grapes, we grow, vinify and bottle ourselves at our family estate in Salles-d’Angles, the village where we work the land with respect.
Perhaps as a side effect of our success with distillation, Cognac is no longer famous for wine. However, we believe our land, which combines the famously chalky soil of Champagne with a mild climate similar to our neighboring region of Bordeaux, can produce outstanding wines as well as spirits.
We make our wine in a historic stone chai, or cellar, attached to our home. We use stainless steel vats for vinification, and use only minimal intervention to ensure a pure reflection of each vintage and varietal. With a light hand, we artfully create lively, expressive wines with balanced fruit and acidity that pair well with food and reward casual and serious wine drinkers alike. We make a range of organic wines in the Bordeaux style using only fruit we grow ourselves. Our grapes include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay, and most of our wines are single-varietal expressions of one of these grapes. Because our region is a few degrees cooler than Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon can be difficult to ripen in some years, but the wines it produces in the Cognac Region are particularly elegant and refined.
“The jewel of the air is the sun;
the jewel of the house is the child”.
~ Chinese Proverb
Since 2018 the wines released have been labelled with designs created by our children.
Our wines are mostly distributed in the Charente and surrounding regions, and because we produce small volumes of each wine they sell out quickly! The current vintages available are Merlot 2017 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. Our next bottling date will be during April 2019, for the Rosé 2018 and Chardonnay 2018. Please contact us for details of a local retailer currently stocking our wines: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note : we are unable to sell wines at our cellar doors!
Janis Melrose – organic winegrower and maker since 2006.
ORGANIC WINE CERTIFICATION
Méry Melrose estate wines are certified organic by Ecocert, France. We grow grapes in accordance with the principles of organic farming, for us that means naturally and in harmony with the environment. We vinify and bottle wine to meet the specific rules for organic wine-making: we use organic grapes, organic yeast and low levels of sulphites to preserve the delicate flavours. The Agriculture Biologique logo, which we use on our wine labels, identifies organic certified products from Europe. The logo depicts stars, placed in the shape of a leaf which represent the States of the European Union.