Château de Melin, Auxey Duresses

Auxey Duresses - the village that sits tightly against the much-loved 'Meursault'. A huge history lies here at Château de Melin. A very modest family. Diligent work combined with respect for the environment, vineyards and wine are combined here. All this to express only the very best of Burgundy's terroir. 

On the nose, this wine is fine and delicate, with aromas of honey, dried, yellow fruit, floral notes and vanilla flavours. On the palate, it is highly expressive and offers everything a great wine from Burgundy has to offer: fat, opulence, length on the palate, aromatic richness and a spectacular finish.

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Chateau de Melin

Wine name

Chateau de Melin, Auxey Duresses

Grape variety

100% Chardonnay




Lieu dit Le Porolley


White Wine

Harvest year



Glass bottle

Wine content





Fruity, Supple

Wine and Food


Alcohol (%)








Sur Lie


Use within

3 years


3.35 g/L

PH value


Residual sugar

4.5 g/L

Serving temperature

10 - 12˚C

Article number



The history of Chateau de Melin:

The castle was built in 1551 by the Rozereau family and then bought at the end of the 17th century by the Brunet de Monthelie family, who extended it, notably by building a second house opposite the first, flanked by a wing in exchange for a corner connecting the two buildings. The three rectangular buildings, each with a staircase tower, stand in a horseshoe shape around a square courtyard.
In 1960, the parish of Aubervilliers became the owner of the chateau, and every summer it was revived by Father Lecoeur, the animators and a hundred or so children.
In 1999, the house was bought by its current owners, Hélène and Arnaud Derats, who then completely restored the chateau. At the same time, they took over the family vineyard, which comprises 22 hectares of vines in the Côte de Beaune and Côtes de Nuit.

About Chateau de Melin:

Since the French Revolution, six generations of winegrowers have succeeded each other. My grandfather, Paul Dumay, farmed 7 to 8 hectares, mainly in the Maranges valley; then, between 1970 and 2000, my parents enlarged the estate to 15 hectares and diversified the appellations in the Côte de Nuits.

My wife and I bought it Château de Melin in 2000. We began a complete renovation of the various buildings before taking over the wine estate in 2003. We continue to expand and diversify the estate. Today we operate 25 Ha: 7 white appellations and 13 red appellations. We also built cellars and since then the wines are matured and bottled at the Château.

Organic farming:

It is essential for a wine of good quality to respect the vine and its environment. It will then fully express the specific characteristics of its terroir through its grapes.

That is why, in 2009, after several years of rational cultivation, we made the choice to convert the estate to organic cultivation. This culture consists of cultivating our vineyards with respect for the environment, i.e. without using pesticides, herbicides or chemical phytosanitary products. This also means tilling the soil (ploughing), then cutting the grass and using only sulphur and copper against vine diseases.

The ultimate goal is to obtain good quality grapes that express the best of the Burgundian terroir.

Several times a year we are inspected by an independent certification body: Ecocert.

We have been producing certified organic wines since 2012.

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