Saint-Vincent is the traditional patron Saint of wine-growers.  The celebration of St. Vincent Day happened in Sancerre last week.

It is a tradition in the Sancerre which begins with a great Mass in the presence of the Bishop of Bourges. He blessed the winegrowers to protect them and help them in their task.

It was a great celebration offered by the beloved local Bishop, because this year had the exceptional assembly of all the “bâtonniers” from the thirteen Sancerre villages.

The “bâtonnier” is a member of the Saint-Vincent Fellowship who is honored to carry its staff and offers the new vintage wine to the guests. This year, the lead “bâtonnier” for the Saint-Vincent Fellowship was Catherine Corbeau MELLOT for the Domaine Joseph Mellot.

To be the featured bâtonnier is very prestigious and remains an extreme honor by all the wine producers in Sancerre.  This year has been so much more important due to the difficult vintage last year and the shortage of Sancerre.  Mellot continues to be the benchmark producer of Sancerre and is now proud to be producing a very special line of ultra-premium wines for US importer Michael Romano and Romano Brands Fine Wines named Liberté which will be arriving in the US early April.

Initially the Liberté (English translation is Freedom) line will consist of a Sancerre, Sancerre Rosé (of Pinot Noir), and the famed Pouilly Fume.

Domain Joseph Mellot produces the world famous Cuvee Pierre Etienne Sancerre which remains the benchmark of the finest quality available in the world.

Limited quantities are available in the US through Romano Brands Fine Wines at

For additional information, and wholesale inquiries about the Liberte’ line please contact Romano Brands at tel:1 (646) 948-1100 or email at

See Catherine Mellot as the honorable “bâtonnier”

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