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.
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.