Pommard has a classical historic ambiance with most of the houses and walled vineyards kept intact to give us the visitors a peaceful and mind settling experience
I love Pommard with its petite square – seductive and with a romantic yet slightly exotic feel – this village has something special.
While Pommard has a good historic presence it has for quite many years been overlooked by the wine collectors …. but now the new styled Pommards seems to be captivating the collectors.
The houses and estates are now getting rebuild to make the most of the beautiful settings and the short distance to Beaune.
One such estate is the beautiful fairytale estate la Commaraine
Chateau la Commaraine
Clos de la Commaraine is a Pommard 1er cru located just outside the center of the village of Pommard. A prominent estate by all standards, with a beautiful Chateau located in the southern part of the vineyard – adjacent to the village.
The estate has since 2017 been owned by Harvard professor Denise Dupré and Mark Nunnelly, ex-managing director of the Boston-based Bain Capital investment fund. With them, they have – Jean-Luc Vitoux -who is a french investor and Directeur of Commaraine currently.
Furthermore, Comte Louis-Michel Liger-Belair of Chateau de Vosne-Romanée has entered an agreement with the owners of Pommard Clos de la Commaraine to help with the making the wine from this historic 3.75 ha monopole vineyard. Isabelle Laurand is the on-site winemaker working with the Liger-Belair team.
The estate … the beauty and the future hotel
The Commaraine is located wide open seen from the Beaune vineyards yet it is somehow in a blind spot of the village of Pommard. The beauty is hidden within the village just waiting to unfold … and on the vineyard side, it is already showing its beauty and potential splendor.
The Hotel … a beauty waiting to unfold
The project has two main parts – one is to establish the image of the Commaraine wine, secondly, the owners want to put Burgundy and Pommard on the map with a top-end hotel – only a short distance from the core of Beaune…
The buildings do need some restoring and rebuilding … but the potential is there and will in a few years unfold in a 33 room Hotel with a high-quality restaurant.
The quiet chateau has started its rebuilding from an old estate to a top-end hotel. This will take some time … as the people behind this project are doing things the right way with respect to the historic values of the old buildings.
At the moment the main building has been stripped down for renovation, but soon the project will take form and shape.
One beautiful detail is the view through the future lobby that unfolds the full beauty of the Commaraine vineyard.
Clos de la Commaraine the vineyard
Clos de la Commaraine is a true Clos with walls and a beautiful Chateau enclosing the 3.75 ha monopole.
The vineyard is located just to the north of the Pommard village with the Chateau located on the northern border of the village – and the wall enclosed vineyard extending to the north of the village – see map below.
The vineyard encompasses one large cadastre plot (000 BE 28) with an area of 3.7450 ha – and this includes the park in front of the Chateau and the gardens located on the southern border of the estate.
Interesting and changing Geology
The Geology of Pommard Clos de la Commaraine is interesting, as the vineyard is on the border of the combe running through Pommard.
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