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Domaine de la Commaraine Announces the Release of its 2018 Clos de la Commaraine

Posted on July 14, 2020

Pommard, 15 July 2020 - Domaine de la Commaraine has just announced the official release of its Clos de la Commaraine 2018. This 9-acre, monopole Clos — one of the most famous Climats in Burgundy — together with its Cha^teau, are deeply rooted in history since the 12th century. 2018 is the first vintage of the renaissance of this iconic estate following its purchase by the current owners. Their aim is to restore the prestige of an estate whose wines have been highly prized through the ages.

Estate manager Jean-Luc Vitoux comments: "Vintage after vintage, the style of the Clos de la Commaraine wines has always been one of great refinement and superb balance. This 2018 harvest is the first in the new chapter at this emblematic Burgundy property which began its conversion to organic viticulture with this vintage. We have done a huge amount of work at the Clos to reveal the terroir with help from experts in all fields, including Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, our winemaking and ageing consultant. This first vintage reveals an elegant and smooth wine with impressive depth. Evidently the work we have begun will continue in the coming years in our quest to produce a truly great wine."

Work at Domaine de la Commaraine was carried out in four successive stages. The first was the analysis of the depth and nature of the soils using electromagnetic resonance, which enabled us to draw up an initial map of the Clos by dividing it into eight sub-parcels which are harvested at different dates and are vinified and aged separately. The second stage was to dig 20 holes to verify the first results of the electromagnetic resonance analysis and to create a more detailed map of the Clos. Stage three involved analysing the composition of the soil samples taken from the holes that had been dug. And the fourth stage was an analysis of the vines to determine if they are in symbiosis with the terroir and whether any changes in vineyard management practices would be required to achieve the perfect match between soil and vines.

The current owners of the estate — an American couple passionate about the French "art de vivre" and the estate manager Jean-Luc Vitoux — acquired Domaine de la Commaraine in October 2018. They also own Domaine Belleville in Rully and a high-end wine house, 'Les Parcellaires de Saulx', in Meursault. Their next big project will be a five-star hotel, restaurant, and spa within the Cha^teau de la Commaraine to offer guests a unique experience, scheduled to open in early 2022.

Constructed in 1112 at Pommard, Cha^teau de la Commaraine was built by the second Duke Eudes de Bourgogne, member of the first Capetian dynasty in France. The exceptional quality of its wines and the worldwide fame of its vineyard were soon associated with a particular name: the Clos de la Commaraine. The international reputation of its wines attracted numerous prestigious visitors, including Thomas Jefferson. Today, the architecture of Cha^teau de la Commaraine, the prestige of its owners and its rich history position it amongst the most aristocratic estates in France.

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