Michael Romano and Romano Brands Fine Wines have ventured into a new line of fine wines from the Loire Valley of France named Liberté.
Liberté translates into English as FREEDOM.
The collaboration and wine-design along with the world-famous Mellot family of Loire Valley wines is proving to be a much sought after world-wide wine brand.
The historic 500 year old family owned estate of Joseph Mellot, has become the world renowned specialist in the production of great wines from Centre Loire Valley thanks to their unrivaled know how. Mellot wines express the quintessence of each of their terroirs especially Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Known for and distinguished by superior high quality in more than 40 countries world-wide, Joseph Mellot wines are the Ambassador for the Loire’s finest vintages and representative of the highest of quality. Under the leadership of Catherine Corbeau Mellot, the Mellot Estate is now committed to sustainable development using Sustainable Agricultural methods to cultivate its vines.
The symbol on the label for Liberté is the famous Fleurs-de-lis which is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means “flower”, and lis means “lily”) that is used as a decorative design or symbol. Many of the saints are often depicted with a lily, most prominently St. Joseph. The Fleur-de-lis symbol represents royalty, strength, and loyalty. The Fleur-de-lis epitomizes the high quality which is the noble characteristic of the entire Liberté brand of fine wines.
The area around Sancerre was likely first cultivated by the Romans, perhaps in the 1st century AD, though the exact date is unknown. The foundations of two separate Roman bridges across the Loire can be seen at the river village of St-Satur, the port for Sancerre, marking its ancient position along a major Roman route. The chalk hill outcrop was not only a distinctive landmark known in Roman times but it also fit the profile of the type of areas that was usually the first to be cultivated-it was near an important town and had easy access to a navigable river. Most importantly, however, the steep sloping hills could provide the grapes with enough direct sunlight and warmth to fully ripen while allowing cold air to flow off the slope and pool into the valleys below.
The region was historically linked to the Duchy of Burgundy, which may have played a role in the introduction of Pinot Noir vines to this area. Sancerre’s position as an administrative center, and the large nearby cities of Orléans and Bourges ensured healthy local markets for the Pinot Noir and Gamay wines traditional in the area. Demand further increased with the coming of the railway from Paris. In the late 19th century the phylloxera epidemic devastated the area wiping out the majority of the region’s vines. While some Pinot Noir vines were retained, most of the Gamay was lost. They were replanted with Sauvignon Blanc, partly because it grafted better onto the American rootstocks. After World War II, the wines gained a reputation in the Paris bistro scene as an easy drinking white wine equivalent to Beaujolais. In the late 1970s and 1980s, a wave of quality consciousness helped elevate the reputation of Sancerre as an elegant and food friendly white wine that became a popular feature on restaurant lists across the globe.
Pouilly-Fumé is an appellation d’origine contrôlée for the dry Sauvignon Blanc white wine produced around Pouilly-sur-Loire, in the Nièvre area. This area is approximately half the size of nearby Sancerre and tightly-focused around the villages of St. Andelain and Les Loges on a south-west facing slope.
Liberté Pouilly-Fumé displays light flint smokiness, and is a brilliant example of the prized Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. The soft color matches the clarity of the citrus and white stone fruits which create a harmony with the mineral notes.
Liberté Sancerre Rosé – Sancerre Rose is a pale salmon pink in color with a subtly nose of fresh berries. On the palate the wine is delicate and elegant with layers of herb, strawberry and a clean, crisp finish. Some peach and ripe red berry fruit here, but it seems a more serious, less fruit-driven style than some, with a distinctive mineral character. The appetizing, fresh, leafy acidity adds to the elegance and delicacy, finishing very clean and fresh.” Produced of 100% Pinot Noir.
Liberte Sancerre is known for its flinty, savory Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley of France. Sancerre is the most recognizable appellation for French Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire Valley. The region’s rolling limestone hills and semi-continental climate deliver richly textured Sauvignon Blanc wines with ripe gooseberry aromas, bracing acidity, and flinty-smoke flavors.
The wines will be available to restaurants and fine wine shops March 2017.
Wine wholesalers seeking Liberté for your market should contact Romano Brands. For information please contact Michael Romano by calling him now at (646) 948-1100.