The Wines of Château de Melin
Since the French Revolution, six generations of family winemakers have continued in succession.
In 2000, Arnaud Derats 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 decided to settle the family estate vineyards.
The Château de Melin currently operates 25 hectares of vineyards and produces 22 appellations: 20 in the Côtes-de-Beaune and 2 in the Côtes-de-Nuits areas.
The vinification process , 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 with the label "organic" was 2012.
In the meantime, feel free to visit us to visit our cellars and taste our wines.