Meet Our Team

It's the passion and talents of our amazing team that enables us to produce wines renowned for their
elegance and beauty.


Michael Baum

CEO & Propriétaire

"My personal journey with wine began 25 years ago when I first traveled to France. The beauty and delicacy of Loire’s Sancerre, Côte de Rhone’s Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, Aix en Provence’s beautiful Rosés and the climats of Burgundy – all were like nothing I'd ever tasted before. Like other explorers of the wine world, I tried everything. But, my tastebuds always came back to, yearned for, French wine. My scientific mind wondered, what is it that makes these wines so special?"

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Emmanuel Sala


"Being a winemaker isn’t just my job – it’s a calling. I’m proud to be a Pommard winemaker, especially at the historic Château de Pommard. It’s hard work, but the new vintages every year make it all worth while. My first major role in winemaking was at Domaine Josmeyer, Alsace, where I started my lifelong love affair with biodynamic winemaking."

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Antoine Lepetit de la Bigne

Biodynamic Specialist

"When tasting wine, everyone can experience for themselves the impact that a certain form of viticulture has on the quality and expression of the terroir. I became aware of the potential to produce more expressive wines while studying at Paris’ École Polytechnique, founded by the great Gaspard Monge, father of Émilie, Château de Pommard’s famous wine heroine."

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Samuel Grivaux

Viniculture Manager

"I remember the exact day I arrived at the Chateau – July 4, 1997. It was a summer job which was supposed to last two months. That was 20 years ago! I’ve loved every day since. Like a lot of people who work at Château de Pommard, and throughout Burgundy, I found my life’s passion. My passion for the vine, has become my profession and obsession. My affection for my work comes from the close proximity with Mother Nature – staring directly into her eyes."

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Sophie Petitjean

Assistant Viticulturist

It is always said in our world, that a truly great wine starts in the vineyard. For 20 years I have worked with Burgundy vines, never as their employer, but as a collaborator. I cannot ask for anything more. I joined Château de Pommard in August 2016, and work alongside Samuel, and the rest of the vineyard team, predominantly guiding the vines and working in the cuverie.

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Jérôme Aucourt

Head of Onsite Sales, Sommelier

"Meeting people from all over the world and sharing the beauty of Burgundy wines is my passion. So my job at suits me perfectly – it’s what I do all day! I joined Château de Pommard in 2007 – the same year Emmanuel Sala started – after completing my studies at business school, in Annecy, specializing in wine. That look of genuine amazement on peoples' faces as they try our wine is something you just don’t see that often in the “real” world. I see it everyday."

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Charlotte Fougere Tampereau

Business Development Director

"The pursuit of happiness – it’s what I live for. And that’s what my job is, for you, our guests. I joined the team at Château de Pommard in 2016 with the ambition to offer the most authentic and thoughtful Wine Experiences in Burgundy, and to make the Château one of the most popular in the Côte d'Or. Outside of work, I am a fitness-fiend and a singer in a band. So when I’m not sizing up the Château and the grounds, I’m at the gym or singing on a stage."

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Rakesh Hegde

Chief Technology Officer

"Travel and wine are my passion. So working with the team Château de Pommard, after more than 16 years in the Travel Technology Industry, felt like the natural next step. The possibilities for technological innovation in Burgundy are endless. And rather than interfering with traditional Burgundian values they complement them. Apart from being a tech-geek, I am an avid runner and have run more than a dozen marathons. So, if you see me jogging along the Route des Grand Crus early in the morning, please do come say hello."

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Rachel Croft

Marketing Director

"After nine incredible years living a chaotic London life, I yearned to fuse my work with my passion for Burgundy wine and rural French living. I just needed to find my dream job. I started working at Château de Pommard in April 2016. My focus is to grow our brand internationally by reaching out to a new audience of millennial wine lovers through innovative marketing campaigns and social media, as well as remaining true to our loyal and devoted customers. I have a clear and simple vision: to share the wonder of Burgundy, for all to enjoy."

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Chris Seybold

Chief Financial Officer

"It was at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, during 1986 to 1990, that I first became friends with Michael Baum. Little did I know then what we would eventually accomplish working together. My dream is to help transform Château de Pommard into the No.1 place to visit in Burgundy, not just for the wine but for the whole property too. We’re so much more than a winery and a business – we’re a destination."

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Julie Lacroix

Human Resources Manager

"I have always believed that enjoying your work is the key to success. With Clos Marey-Monge just outside my window, it's difficult not to enjoy work! All of Burgundy, and Château de Pommard in particular, is a story book – a journey to the world's most historic wine region and a trip back in time. I grew up in Beaune, so Burgundy wine is in my blood. My role at the Château is to work with our diverse team of people and transfer the positive energy we have into everything we do, especially our wine."

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Beautiful Wines. Amazing team

Spirited, smart, open-minded, confident and fun

We are a family-owned and operated Château and the largest privately-owned Clos remaining in Burgundy. One big family, our team is connected by our mutual respect and commitment for living in harmony with nature and our collective ambition is to make beautiful wines that we are proud to share with people all over the world.

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