Since the French Revolution, six generations of family winemakers have continued in succession. During the 1930s, Paul Dumay managed 10 hectares in the Maranges Valley. Upon his death in 1968, his daughter Marie-Claire Derats-Dumay and her husband Jean-Claude took over the Domaine Paul Dumay. Between 1970 and 1995, they acquired many small plots in the Côtes de Beaune and Côtes de Nuits regions, which expanded the estate to include 15 hectares of vines.
In 2000, Arnaud, their son, educated as an Engineer and following a 10-year career in the construction industry, was captured by tradition: with his wife Hélène, they bought the Château de Melin, located on the town of Auxey-Duresses, and decide to settle the family estate vineyards.
The Château de Melin currently operates 22 hectares of vineyards and produces 22 appellations: 20 in the Côtes de Beaune and 2 in the Côtes de Nuits areas.
The vinification process still takes place in our winery in Sampigny-les-Maranges. However, the aging and bottling of the wines is accomplished in our cellars at the Château.
For a wine to be of good quality it is essential to respect the vine and its environment. Only then will vines fully assimilate and reveal the specific qualities of its surrounding soil through its grapes.
This is why in 2009, after several years of viticulture, we have chosen to convert the fields to organic farming. With this method to cultivate our vineyards we respect the environment and our plants and therefore do not use pesticides, herbicides, nor chemicals. Alternatively we organic farming entails soil cultivation thru plowing, grass cutting and exclusive use of natural sulfur and copper as treatment against diseases on the vines..
The ultimate goal is to obtain good quality grapes, evoking the best the Burgundy soil has to offer.
Several times a year, our farming practices are monitored by an independent certification body: Ecocert.
Our first vintage that will be labelled as "organic" will be 2012.
In the meantime, feel free to visit us to visit our cellars and taste our wines.