The vines for the Joseph Mellot Le Rabault Sancerre Rouge are 25 – 30 years old and are planted on very steep slopes with flint rich soils, which is unique in the appellation, giving the wine a unique character. Debudding occurs in May to limit yields. The grapes are harvested at the peak of their maturity and vinification takes place under carefully controlled temperatures to extract the tannins gently.