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Neighbouring some of Burgundy's most prestigious vineyards, the Château de Mimande has been continually reinventing itself since it was first built. The property's current appearance, characterised by grandeur and simplicity, dates back to the 19th century. With the park behind it, the chateau advances towards its visitors and the main body reaches out as if to better welcome them. Behind the classical facades, a world inspired by nature awaits. It showcases the work in the vineyards and the wine cellars, and the cultivation of products that respect the seasons and the land. From the outbuildings transformed into gites, everyone will have the opportunity to appreciate the property's high-quality architectural and natural heritage, without forgetting the endless attractions that surround it.
I took over my family's wine estate in Chassagne-Montrachet in 2013. My wife and I were looking for a more isolated, more preserved site with a strong heritage that was close to the winegrowing area. Just ten minutes from our vineyard, Mimande was unbeatable.
It is a T-shaped chateau with two pavilions on either side of the main body which forms an avant-corps to the east. The main body includes a basement floor, two square floors and an additional third floor. The steep-sided and hipped roofs are covered with flat tiles and pierced with two-sided dormers. The coated masonry walls feature freestone quoins and stone banding. The bay windows are all rectangular, except for on the third floor where they are oblong in shape. The eastern facade is topped with a triangular pediment. The property also features a chapel under the name of the Virgin Mary which is next to the main house and outbuildings surrounding the courtyard. The park is surrounded by a wall with three entrances. The semi-circular door is part of a horizontal Tuscan-style entablature.
Mimande was rebuilt in the 19th century and only a few features from the 17th century remain. The two lands of Mimande and Vaublanc, in the parish of Chaudenay, belonged to the Malain de Lux for many years, then to the Brularts, the Bouton de Chamillys, the Filsjeans and the Bourées. It then passed into the hands of Charles Viénot, brigadier of the king's armies and lieutenant colonel to the Saar regiment. Mimande was part of the bailiwick of Beaune, while Vaublanc came under the jurisdiction of the bailiwick of Chalon. Some items preserved in the archives of Saône-et-Loire have allowed us to deduce that the seigniory of Mimande also belonged to Nicolas Rolin who was a knight, Lord of Authumes, and chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy. In the 1826 cadastral survey, Madame Veuve Viénot de Vaublanc, who lived in Lyon, had ownership of the Château de Mimande which belonged to Charles Viénot at the end of the Ancien Régime.
Our philosophy is to reconnect with nature, and to respect and preserve ecosystems. We are very fond of this quote of Bill Mollison, the founder of the permaculture philosophy: "Those who force Nature are working, in the same movement, against themselves". This philosophy accompanies the work on our farms and our production of wines, meats and vegetables. We offer our guests a haven of peace in the middle of a nine hectare park bordered by a river. They can explore the estate through wine tastings, and visits to our permaculture garden and our farm. Departing from our cellar in Pommard, we offer two experiences to discover our philosophy, our work with nature and a unique way of understanding Burgundy and our agricultural model.
The Cabottes trail in Pernand-Vergelesses. L'Ouillette, a very good restaurant in Santenay. La Ferme de Rymska for a gourmet experience in a magnificent setting or simply to visit the farm. Our cellar in Pommard where you can buy our wines, meats and vegetables. The house of Clos des Issarts in Gevrey-Chambertin, a small house with glazed tiles located on the heights of the village which is home to the workshop of sculptor Laetitia de Bazelaire. The Maison Jacques Copeau, a laboratory of theatrical creation. La Cabotte des Evocelles in Gevrey-Chambertin, lovers of vernacular architecture will enjoy the completely restored dry stone shelter and it is a magical spot for a picnic among the vineyards. “A summer evening at Clos de Vougeot” in July is an intimate wine-gastronomic experience in a timeless setting. The Rootstock Festival in Pommard.
The seminar and meeting room is located in the gite that adjoins the chateau. It is equipped with an overhead projector, a flipchart and wifi. Accommodation in four bedrooms is available in the same building.
Alongside the many experiments carried out in the vineyards to bring life back to the soil, Armand Heitz makes permaculture and agroecology his philosophy. Departing from his cellar in Pommard, he offers two experiences to discover the estate and his work with nature. It is a unique way to understand Burgundy and its agricultural model. La Belle Echappée: discover the philosophy of the estate and its history, tour of Clos de Poutures and tasting of eight wines. L'échappée Sauvage: discover the philosophy of the estate and its history, tour of the emblematic plots, Loaris and the permaculture garden, and tasting of eight wines.