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UNESCO World Heritage for Humanity: World Soil Day


“Together, we can promote the cause of soils, a truly solid ground for life.”
Ban Ki-moon

On December 5th 2016, the team at Château de Pommard will pay their respects to Clos Marey-Monge’s five magnificent terroirs in honor of the United Nation’s World Soil Day. It is our soils, after all, that we have so much to be grateful for.

We celebrate our soils everyday, of course, but this annual international event to raise awareness of the ground beneath our feet deserves extra-special attention, especially considering the “sizeable bump in visitors” the Champagne region received since UNESCO named the Champagne region’s a World Heritage Site in 2015. Clearly, this is an accolade that people respond to and resonate with.

In the build up to the day, we will again shine a bright spotlight on our position as grand sponsor of UNESCO’s 2015 World Heritage status for Humanity and of the 1,724 climats of Burgundy’s vineyard, which have demonstrated “Exceptional Universal Value”. It was an honor to be involved in this remarkable accomplishment and is something we’re very proud to show off at any occasion.

Aubert de Villaine, president of the Association des Climats du Vignoble de Bourgogne, said of the climats recognition: “This status is the recognition of the work of generations of men and women, vignerons, Cistercian monks and Dukes of Burgundy, who have all created Burgundy’s vineyards over the centuries in a determined quest for excellence.”

Michael Baum, acting on behalf of the Carabello-Baum family, and as future protector of the soils of Clos Marey-Monge, told the LOOP team that UNESCO’s recognition was his proudest moment to date as owner, the moment when history and the present collided to achieve something with purpose.  “We were tremendously proud for all the people of Burgundy that together we have achieved this amazing feat. UNESCO will help attract additional epicureans from around the world to visit this very special place on earth,” he said.

What will you do this December 5th to celebrate World Soil Day?

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