Alphonse Mellot founded a tavern in Sancerre, a village in the Eastern Loire valley, in the early 1800’s, selling local wines and trade took off. In 1881 he was granted a licence to ship his wine throughout France and all over the World. This marked the beginning of a Mellots conquest which has been pursued by the family business from father to son ever since, with the eldest son continuing to bear the name of the Founder Alphonse.
Today, the wines are made by Mellot father and son, the 18th and 19th to bear the name. This is one of the great Sauvignon Blancs of the world, and unashably Sancerre. Forget early drinking Marlborough, this has layers on layers of complexity, as well as the ageability of Burgundy.