Château Meylet is on the Western slopes of Saint-Emilion. It is a family vineyard since 1875, when it was called the Clos Le Clou. This 2 hectar property today produces a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. The terroir is situated along the fortress walls of the Grandes Murailles, between the classified Grands Crus of Laroze and Franc Mayne near the “Gommerie,” one km from the heart of Saint-Emilion. Michel Favard could be called an artisan-winemaker. He takes care of the vines he inherited from his great grandfather who came from the Auvergne to St Emilion at the end of the 19th century. He was in textiles, and by passion, bought his first hectar of vines. In the same spirit, his grandfather planted more vines, but kept his job as a carpenter. Michel is the first “full-time” winemaker of the family. In 1978 he did his first harvest under the name Château Meylet after some years of bringing the grapes to the cooperative. In 1984 he acquired the plot near the Gomerie just next to the cellar.
The vineyard is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon planted at a density of 7000 vines/ha. Since 2010, Chateau Meylet uses horses to work one of their plots.
Certified Biodynamic (Demeter) since 1987
Age of Vines: Average 60 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha. Production is 5 to 6000 bottles.
Pruning Method: Guyot
Soil: Sand-limestone, iron-rich clay, and graves
Vinification Method: Fermentation is in two 50 hl oak tanks. No pumps are used. Michel uses stomping techniques he brought back from Burgundy to do a soft extraction. No added yeast, no added sugar, SO2 only at bottling. No filtration or fining. Aged two years in barrels (20 to 40% new oak).