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The château at Clos de Commaraine in Pommard. Photo Credit: CLOS DE COMMARAINE

Pommard Landmark Clos de la Commaraine Gets A Biodynamic, And Luxury, Renovation

I have a new piece on Forbes that I loved researching. An exciting renovation includes tales of forgotten wine, Thomas Jefferson visits and sheep in the vineyards. Read it all here.


Clos de Commaraine has a rich history dating to the 12th century. Photo Credit: CLOS DE COMMARAINE

The 2018 harvest marked the next phase of life for Burgundy landmark Clos de la Commaraine. Located in the esteemed Côte-d’Or, the property includes 3.75 hectares of Pommard 1er Cru vines which are fixed in a monopole, now operated by an American couple with plans produce biodynamic wines. The last wine made under the single estate Commaraine name was in 2002 — since then the grapes have been sold to Maison Louis Jadot and produced under the Jadot label.

The property is also the site of a 12th-century château, with historical threads connecting to the Dukes of Burgundy. It’s been empty since 2013, but is currently in the throes of a hefty renovation into a five-star hotel, underground spa in 14th-century cellars and a gastronomic restaurant — the manifestation of the vision of Americans Denise Dupré and Mark Nunelly who also own the luxury hotel Royal Champagne as well as the organic Champagne house Leclerc-Briant. Along with the acquisition of Clos de la Commaraine, the couple also took overDomaine Belleville in Rully and Manoir Murisaltien in Meursault.

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