Domaine de la Commaraine 1er Cru Pommard Clos de la Commaraine Monopole 2018 750ml
Domaine de la Commaraine 1er Cru Pommard Clos de la Commaraine Monopole 2018
Burgundy's New Blood - not to be missed.
Following on from their huge success of the resurrection of the bio dynamic Champagne house Leclerc Briant in 2012 in Epernay, Champagne, and the new-look Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa that overlooks the vineyard landscape north of Epernay, the American couple Mark Nunnelly and Denise Dupré, are now investing heavily in Burgundy. They are working closely with Jean-Luc Vitoux, a former lawyer from Champagne and now a Burgundy wine producer and négociant.
They purchased the Pommard 1er Cru Domaine de la Commaraine estate (10ha) in 2017, along with Domaine Belleville (22ha) in Burgundy’s Rully area. Further more they bought a high quality micro negociant business called 'Les Parcellaires de Saulx'
Louis-Michel Liger-Belair of Château de Vosne-Romanée is on board as consulting winemaker as of the 2018 vintage, working with full-time winemakers Charles Nébout and Isabelle Laurand.
Clos de la Commaraine is strictly terroir-led. The 3.7ha are now split into 10 plots, all harvested and vinified separately. The 2018 vintage is the first under this new regime, and was released in July 2020.
All plots are organic and biodynamic or under conversion. Only the best is used, with 40% off the wine being sold off anonymously under Pommard 1er Cru.
Tasted by Tim Atkin MW(at 2018 En primeur tastings, Burgundy, 18 Oct 2018)
"Louis-Michel Liger-Belair of Vosne-Romanée fame is the consultant for this newly acquired venture, which is well worth keeping an eye on. This is made with fruit from eight parcels covering 3.76ha and is a very complete Pommard from the Beaune side of the village. Wild and appealingly savoury with sweet spice, some gamey notes and fine-boned tannins. - Drinking Window 2023 - 2030"
"Monopole. Very pale, rather grey crimson. Not a particularly expressive nose. But quite refined tannins and attractively earthy fruit. Giving this wine the benefit of the doubt, I think it’s holding back for a rather glorious evolution.
Producer Dom de la Commaraine
Cuvée Clos de la Commaraine
Classification Premier Cru
When to drink 2028 – 2040
Published on 17 Jan 2020
Date tasted 15 Jan 2020"
Reviewer Jancis Robinson