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COMO Hotels and Resorts, the eminent global lifestyle brand, welcomes discerning travellers to experience the opulence of Burgundy’s countryside with the opening of COMO Le Montrachet on 15th April 2023. This exquisite property, nestled amidst the verdant landscape, marks COMO’s inaugural foray into France. The hotel seamlessly integrates the brand’s commitment to holistic wellness, exceptional nutrition-rich cuisine, and inspiring destinations with the rich gastronomic traditions and enological marvels of the Burgundy region. This luxurious retreat is the ultimate destination for oenophiles and wine connoisseurs seeking respite amid breathtaking surroundings.
Celebrating Burgundy’s Wine Heritage
Embracing the prestigious wine regions of Burgundy, COMO Le Montrachet is a celebration of French gastronomy and style. The hotel is a sensitively reimagined 19th-century ‘place du village’ inn, originally known as Hotel le Montrachet. Situated in the quaint village of Puligny-Montrachet, the property spans across three heritage buildings gracefully arranged around the idyllic village square. Its proximity to the legendary ‘Le Montrachet’ vineyard underscores the hotel’s dedication to wine connoisseurs.
COMO Le Montrachet offers 30 individual rooms and suites that exude elegance while preserving the essence of the locale. Contemporary touches harmonize with the colours of the Burgundy countryside, creating an atmosphere of serenity and sophistication. Each room is thoughtfully designed to provide a luxurious yet intimate retreat for guests seeking the finest in comfort and tranquillity.
Culinary Delights: Le Montrachet Restaurant and Private Wine Tastings
The hotel’s gastronomic crown jewel, Le Montrachet Restaurant, is helmed by Executive Chef Romain Versino. Reflecting the spirit of Burgundy’s rich culinary heritage, the menu changes with the seasons to showcase the finest produce from local farmers and suppliers. Guests can savour delectable dishes expertly paired with an exquisite selection of wines curated by the hotel’s sommelier, André Berthier.
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In addition to the indulgent dining experience, guests can embark on private wine tastings and workshops, excursions that provide unparalleled access to local wineries, affording wine aficionados the opportunity to deepen their appreciation for the region’s venerated viniculture.
Exploring the Surroundings: Premier Vineyards and Enchanting Villages
COMO Le Montrachet’s prime location places guests within reach of some of the world’s most renowned vineyards. Apart from the illustrious Montrachet, four Grand Cru vineyards and seventeen Premier Cru vineyards lie in close proximity to the hotel. Moreover, the picturesque villages of Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, and Pommard are nearby, inviting guests to explore the captivating beauty and charm of the region.
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Enriching Experiences Await at COMO Le Montrachet: Activities Beyond Wine Tasting
Beyond the alluring vineyards and sumptuous cuisine, Puligny offers a plethora of engaging activities to enhance your stay and truly connect with the beauty and culture of Burgundy. For those with a passion for gastronomy, the hotel conducts cooking classes that delve into the region’s culinary techniques and flavours. Learn to prepare traditional dishes under the guidance of skilled chefs, and impress your loved ones with your newfound expertise upon returning home.
The enchanting landscape of Burgundy beckons visitors to explore its natural beauty through various outdoor activities. Embark on bicycle tours that meander through picturesque vineyards and charming villages, or venture on scenic hikes to marvel at the breathtaking vistas. For a truly unforgettable experience, partake in a hot air balloon ride, soaring above the vineyards and taking in the panoramic splendour of the region.
Seasonal Delights: Music Festivals and the Grape Harvest
During the summer months, the local Beaune jazz and classical music festival fills the air with melodious tunes, transforming the region into a cultural haven. The festival occurs in July and August, offering guests a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant local arts scene.
Another seasonal highlight is the period of “vendange” in mid-August when the grapes are harvested. This important event in the winemaking calendar offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s rich vinicultural traditions.
The picturesque vines of Burgundy are a sight to behold all year round, but they truly come alive in Spring and Autumn. Witness the mesmerizing transformation as the vineyards adopt vivid hues, creating a kaleidoscope of colours that sets the mood for music, romance and reflection.
A Sophisticated Sojourn awaits at COMO Le Montrachet, representing the epitome of luxury and refinement, offering discerning travellers an unparalleled experience in the heart of Burgundy’s wine country. ◼
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© This article was first published online in May 2023 – World Travel Magazine.