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.
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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