Chateau Melin, near Auxey-Duresses was owned by the church and was used as a Catholic retreat for the poor children of France’s major cities. After being abandoned in the 1980s the place stood empty and neglected until 2000 when it was purchased by Hélène and Arnaud Derats. An energetic couple, they have restored the chateau to its proper state. The grand house is now the family home; HQ for Arnaud’s wine business; a wine depot; and classy (but great value) bed and breakfast. Arnaud is a member of the Chevaliers du Tastevin and owns 23 hectares of village, 1er cru and grand cru vines in 15 different communes all along the Côte d’Or.
The Renaissance of a Grand Burgundian Chateau