Profile of Château de Pommard

Welcome to the most famous address in Pommard! This prestigious and gorgeous large estate is one of the great names in the Côte-d’Or, both for its white wines and in particular, the Grand Vin du Château Pommard, produced from a legendary single vineyard within the appellation. With a formidable history of quality wine production, Château de Pommard needs little introduction to Burgundian wine lovers. Over the centuries, each generation of Château de Pommard’s owners have done much to further the high reputation of the area’s wines, producing vintage after vintage of superlative wine. However, the name is slightly misleading, for the estate is actually comprised of two glorious Châteaux, built in the 18th and 19th centuries respectively. With a separate but intertwined history, both properties make for a fascinating discovery in the world of Burgundy.

The estate has quite an aristocratic pedigree; the first property, known as Château Vivant Micault was built in 1726 by a French noble of the same name. As a key member of the court of King Louis XV, Micault used his influence to construct a grand Regency style Château on the site of a decaying Feudal building, that had been ravished by the conflicts of history. The original building dated back the Middle Ages – legend has it that Henry IV visited the Château and tasted the wines of Pommard during his travels though Burgundy. Sadly, the outbreak of the French Revolution meant difficult choices for the incumbent Marey-Mogne family; they sold the Château, kept the vineyards and eventually the future generation constructed a new Château once the political turmoil had passed. Château Marey-Mogne, designed in a bold neoclassical style was founded in 1802, and is today considered the main Château of Château de Pommard. Subsequently, the Nicolas-Joseph Marey family brought back the first building, and finally the two historic Châteaux, along with the precious Clos, were reunited under single ownership. In 1936, it was acquired by the Laplanches family, who kept control of the estate until 2003, when it was brought by the legendary Maurice Giraud.

Giraud, a successful entrepreneur from the Savoie region, is justly recognized as the best thing ever to happen to Château de Pommard. He promptly installed Philippe Charlopin of Gevrey Chambertin as estate manager, and initiated a series of massive quality improvements and investments into the winemaking. Giraud, unlike some of his neighbors, was also aware of the importance of wine tourism; the Château is now a beacon for visiting wine lovers, offering a world-class art collection no less. At the age of 73 Giraud retired, and sold the estate to an American investor, Michael Baum in 2014. The Silicon Valley whizz kid has promised to continue Giraud’s vision of no expense spared winemaking and tourism facilities, with plans to open a luxury spa hotel in the works.

Today, the wines of Château de Pommard are considered the finest ever made in the history of the estate. Thanks to a major investment, and the savoir faire of cellar master Emmanuel Sala, the wines are rarely anything less than superb. Sala takes a somewhat intuitive and responsive approach to winemaking, emphasizing the style of a particular vintage rather than aiming to produce reliable if bland consistency. But despite the variance in styles seen across different years, the wines are usually concentrated, fruit-driven and structured. With a wide range of wines from different appellations, there is something to please everyone, but it is the powerful and age-worthy Grand Vin that connoisseurs swoon over – a fitting testament to the unique terroir of the Château de Pommard Clos. Visit this beautiful property on a private wine tour of Burgundy with us, please ask for more details.

Wines produced

  • Château de Pommard Bourgogne Chardonnay

    100% Chardonnay. Whole bunch pressing, followed by 50% fermentation in 4 year old French oak barrels, and 50% in stainless steel tanks. A fresh, fruity Chardonnay for early drinking.

  • Château de Pommard Volnay

    100% Pinot Noir. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, after a pre-fermentation cold oak maceration of 5 days. The wine is then aged in 30% new French oak for a period of 14 to 16 months.

  • Château de Pommard Clos du Château

    100% Pinot Noir. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in 40 to 45% new French oak for 18 to 22 months. The second wine of the property, produced from younger vines.

  • Château de Pommard Morey St Denis

    100% Pinot Noir. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, after a pre-fermentation cold oak maceration of 5 days. The wine is then aged in 33% new French oak for a period of 14 to 16 months.

  • Château de Pommard Meursault

    100% Chardonnay. Fermented in 50% two year old French oak, 25% new and 25% one year old casks. The wine is then aged on its lees for a period of 12-15 months. A great introduction to the superb white wines of Meursault.

  • Château de Pommard Gevrey-Chambertin

    100% Pinot Noir. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, after a pre-fermentation cold oak maceration of 5 days. The wine is then aged in 30% new French oak for a period of 14 to 16 months.

  • Château de Pommard Chassagne-Montrachet (Premier Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. 100% Chardonnay. Fermented in 50% two year old French oak, 25% new and 25% one year old casks. The wine is then aged on its lees for a period of 12-15 months.

  • Château de Pommard Beaune Greves (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then ages in 25% new French oak for a period of 14 to 16 months.

  • Château de Pommard Maranges Clos de Loyeres (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. 100% Pinot Noir. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, after a pre-fermentation cold oak maceration of 5 days. The wine is then aged in 15% new French oak for a period of 14 to 16 months.

  • Château de Pommard Grand Vin du Château de Pommard

    100% Pinot Noir. Produced from blending the finest 5 terroirs in the Château's walled Clos vineyard. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in 40 to 45% new French oak for 18 to 22 months. The first wine of the property, suitable for extending cellaring.

Winery details

Château de Pommard

15, Rue Marey Monge
BP 30018 - 21630 Pommard
France
Tel +33 (0)380 22 12 59
Fax +33 (0)380 24 65 88

Appellation
AOC Pommard
Founded
1726
Area under vine
20 hectares
Age of vines
35 years+
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Emmanuel Sala
Owner
Michael Baum
Production
7,700 cases
Grape varietals
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

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