Meet Our Winemaking Team
Our winemaking team are the heart and soul of our domain. They work endlessly throughout the year tending to the vines and the wines. Get to know more about how they each contribute to the health, success, and biodynamic conversion of the Clos Marey-Monge.
We're All About Terroir
20 HECTARES, 7 SINGLE PLOT WINES
Clos Marey‑Monge is a collection of different micro-climates and soil types. Each of our seven terroirs – Simone, Nicolas-Joseph, Grands Esprits, Chantrerie, 75 Rangs, Micault, and Émilie – is a different composition of limestone, iron-rich clay, alluvium and other minerals essential to Pinot Noir. Centuries of savoir-faire contribute to our knowledge of how to get the most from each plot and produce a blend that reveals the complexity of our wines each year.
Our Flagship Cuvée
20 HECTARES, 7 PLOTS, 1 BLEND
The Château de Pommard Clos Marey-Monge Monopole is our vineyard’s signature wine: a terroir-driven blend that our winemaker, Emmanuel Sala, adjusts with each vintage to showcase the microclimate of Burgundy’s largest monopole.
Our Clos Marey-Monge Cuvées
150 Million Year Old Soils
Clos Marey-Monge sits on top of the Avant-Dheune Valley dejection cone, a geological structure that allows even greater Pinot Noir growing conditions to flourish. The cherished terroir of Pommard, and its 27 identified climats, have been cultivated and carefully preserved for thousands of years by the many protectors of the land. But it is the 150 million year history of the earth and dirt beneath these famed soils that has contributed most to Clos Marey-Monge’s enduring popularity.
Nestled at the foot of the Château de Pommard, Simone is a 0.53 hectare plot of remarkable terroir that embodies the soul of our domain. With one of the highest internal surface densities of clay in Burgundy, her Pinot Noir is delicate and intense. Planted in 1986, her vines produce a rich, complex, and rare cuvée.
Some of the oldest vines in Clos Marey-Monge, Chantrerie’s 2.41 hectares of marly-clay soils produce a dark, rich and deep Pinot Noir with a sweet palate. Known as the spirit of our vineyard, this old Lady benefits from one of the largest internal surfaces of clay in the Côte d’Or, worthy of a Grand Cru, just behind Simone’s record.
Nicolas-Joseph’s 3 hectares are comprised of flat limestone rocks with red clay—yielding a fleshy, complex Pinot Noir with red fruits and sweet, silky tannins. Divided into two parts, this plot located alongside the north-eastern facade of the Château Marey-Monge displays the least calcareous soil structure in the Clos.
Thousands of years ago, an underground spring flooded the 0.85 hectare of 75 Rangs with minerals. Planted in 1962 and 1964, this plot located at the lowest topographic position in the Clos Marey-Monge benefits from shallow and limestone-rich soil that produces a Pinot Noir rich in minerals with a salty finish.
Grands Esprits 4.81 hectares of large, round, rocky, calcium-rich soils planted between 1980 and 1990 produce a straight Pinot Noir with firm tannins and the potential for long aging. Occupying almost one-quarter of our vineyard’s overall area, the 220 rows of the Grands Esprits plot is the most calcareous area of the Clos Marey-Monge.
Originally planted as an English garden, the 1.29-hectare parcel situated at the foot of Château Micault was eventually transformed into a vineyard. Its vines grow on fine alluvial formations from the Avant-Dheune river and create a fruity Pinot Noir that is enjoyable young.
In 2016 a new lady of the vines was planted in Clos Marey-Monge. Émilie is located at the furthest eastern point of the vineyard. The composition is a clay-limestone (36% clay) surface with a sandy texture. Stones of rounded gravel and rare pebbles descrease with depth. Émilie’s soils result from the alteration of fine alluvium deposited by the river Avant-Dheune during the last millennia. Inspired by Émilie Marey-Monge, the industrious woman of Château de Pommard, this sacred ground was previously the backbone of our Clos Marey-Monge wine’s for more than 60 years.
Made by Nature
Four years ago, we began our collaboration with Nature in Clos Marey‑Monge. The opportunity to create a biodynamic ecosystem in a 20-hectare clos surrounded by a two-meter-high stone wall was too significant not to try. What we have witnessed is incredible. Our soils are alive. One-hundredyear-old vines that were bearing little fruit are producing good yields. Producing better tasting wines and preserving the world all of us depend upon is a powerful idea whose time has come.
My work is, in fact, to blend different plots in relationship to their "personality" to create Chateau de Pommard's Clos Marey-Monge Monopole: some plots give it structure, other its body, its spirit and the last one... its soul.