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October 10, 2019

Château de Pommard!

Well I do not think need to put more into the title! Even thus my tastes have change over the years there is some properties that are on my cellar still. One of them is from the Château de Pommard in old Burgundy. As I have written several posts on my other passion that is wines, need to tell you about this one in particular.

We /I are long time clients of the property and have visited as well of course. Even if we are far I still look for them , and why not a repeat visit is in the plans for 2020. The Château de Pommard is unique and will tell you a bit of its history and wines.

The Château de Pommard is an 18C castle. The estate includes a 20-hectare Château de Pommard, French gardens and a vineyard and wine museum  less than 5 km from Beaune on the Grands Crus Route of the Burgundy vineyards in Pommard in Côte-d’Or dept 21 of the region of Burgundy-Franche-Comté. It is accessed from the RD 973 road by an alley closed by a portal framed by two pavilions built in the 18C; exactly at 15, rue Marey-Monge, 21630 Pommard.

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A bit of history I like

In 1726 Vivant Micault (squire and secretary of King Louis XV, descendant of Philibert Micault, captain of Pommard in 1451) built a castle in Regency style and its outbuildings. Indeed, King Louis XVI and his court were lovers of wines from this region, known to be tannic and bitter in their youth. The Chateau Micault, erected from 1726 to 1750, occupies one of the sides of a paved courtyard closed by the vines with vocation viti-vinicole. Later the castle was to passed to several hands first in 1763 , and then onwards. The Emperor Napoleon I made it one of its high places of holiday in the 19C. He resides in the blue room, on the floor of the main castle, which overlooks the main courtyard. The castle was sold again in  1932, at the same time as the Clos-de-Tart. The castle then continues changing hands until  September 2014,when it was purchased by  Silicon Valley’s American entrepreneur Michael Baum seduced by this Côte-d’Or enotourist locomotive. He is the current owner.

A bit on the wine property I like

The Domaine de Château de Pommard is today the largest private vineyard in Burgundy  with a  closures of 20 hectares of vineyards in one piece in Pinot Noir. The Château de Pommard produces a great wine from Château de Pommard and Clos du Château, a complex assemblage of the different parcels of the domaine. The Château also makes a second blend to create a Pommard Village appellation wine. The estate sells in particular the wine of its domaine such as the Château de Pommard and as above , but also Burgundy wines of Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Volnay, Gevrey-Chambertin, Pernand-Vergelesses, Auxey-Duresses, Ladoix-Serrigny, Nuits-Saint-Georges (AOC) … In the vaulted cellars of the 18C you can see the  casks come from the forest of Tronçais, in the Allier region.

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In 2006 the Château de Pommard created a museum of the vine and the wine. The kitchen, completely restored, has the particularity to exhibit an authentic Master Jacques. There is only one other, in the kitchens of the Hospices de Beaune!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Chateau de Pommard history

Tourist office of Beaune on the Chateau de Pommard

Tourist office of dept 21 Cote d’Or on the Chateau de Pommard

There you go another dandy in my belle France, home of the best wines in the world! You will do good to visit this property, as there are interactive guide on tastings and food. The Château de Pommard is unique in Bourgogne/Burgundy. Enjoy it, in vino veritas!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

October 10, 2019

The magic and architecture richness of Blois!!

In my rounds in the Loire I stop again by Blois, nice beautiful town.  We came here by car from Brittany going around Nantes and then direction Angers, and finally heading down to Blois. First, to our hotel just South of Blois in St Gervais-la-Fôret, this is an area we like and have passed by and eaten in nearby restaurants before.

For the trip we chose, Hotel Ikar, this is part of the French chain Inter-Hotel that I used even for my business trips in France.  Very nice typical French hôtels in and around quant towns of lesser known but equally nice in my Belle France.  Very nice welcome country ambiance, with free parking and restaurant breakfast and the rooms were adequate with a bit small bathroom and paper thin towels.  The rest was fine, and especially well located straight ahead into Blois. The Hotel Ikar webpage:  http://www.ikarhotel-blois.com/

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We then hit Blois right on, been in town before we could quickly walk to the areas we like to see like the Castle or the Maison de Houdini magic house. 

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blois

Climb the wonderful Escalier Saint Martin from the castle level to the city market below and pedestrian shopping streets, views of the castle exteriors from several angles, and the passing of Houdini museum was of course elementary. We enjoy the renovated Maison de la BD house of cartoons such as the webpage here:  http://www.maisondelabd.com/#

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blois

And passing once again by the old Jacobins convent now the Muséum d’histoire naturelle  or museum of national history  more at the city tourist section of Blois here: https://www.blois.fr/en/attractive/remarkable/museum

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We enjoy seeing again the wonderful architecture of the hôtels d’Epernon and of Amboise on the square entrance to castle of Blois facing it to your left.  To be there on market day and/or  Christmas market is always  wonderful.

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We enjoy a visit again to the Church of Saint Nicolas-Saint Laumer, an old abbey from the 12C taking the name of the founder and finished early in the 13C. The Church is a point of many pilgrimages as it contains many Saints such as Saint Lubin, Saint Laumer, Sainte Marie l’Egyptienne and a fragment from the Cross of Christ. It is very vast and impressive; the Church is  Roman in architecture with three levels of elevation, Inside it has huge transepts with beautiful chapels and  contemporary stained glass Windows showing a brilliant light in yellow and blue proper for the meditation.

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And of course finish another visit with the family this time to Blois with its magical shopping streets and pretty train station or gare de Blois, where we park just in front in square Pasteur. The place Denis Papin with its steep mount !

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blois

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The city area tourist office of Blois-ChambordTourist office of Blois-Chambord

Enjoy Blois is more than the castle !  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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