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2015 Domaine Du Cellier Aux Moines Givry 1er CruPinot Noir from France

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"This southern facing estate is owned by the Pascal family. It offers a unique plot of 12 acres, and it is one of the best Premier Crus of Givry. Founded in the 12th century b...

  • 91 Wine Spectator
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"Laced with dark, juicy cherry fruit, this red is expressive, velvety and immediately appealing. Accents of earth and spice add interest. Has fine length. Drink now through 2023."

Product Description:

"This southern facing estate is owned by the Pascal family. It offers a unique plot of 12 acres, and it is one of the best Premier Crus of Givry. Founded in the 12th century by Cistercian monks, located in Givry, in the heart of historic Burgundy, mid-way between the abbeys of Cluny and Cîteaux, between Dijon and Mâcon, the Cellier aux Moines was established in the 12th century by Cistercian monks from the Abbey of La Ferté.

Drawing inspiration from the Cistercian heritage, striving for excellence and preparing the future, The Cellier aux Moines of Givry is a unique group of houses that has survived the vicissitudes of time. Having been the Abbey of La Ferté’s wine-producing property for nearly seven centuries, and then owned by the same family for two centuries following the French Revolution, it was purchased in 2004 by Philippe and Catherine Pascal and their three children, Camille, Marguerite and Alexis. From Beaune, to New York, then Reims, the family settles in Givry. After a long restoration, the Domaine went back to its original purpose: growing high quality grapes on an exceptional terroir, and producing the best possible wines. **Certified organic in 2016, practicing biodynamic**

Since the taking over of the Cellier’s vines in 2006, the property has stopped using herbicides and pesticides, returning to regular working and ploughing of the soil to encourage deeper roots, stimulate soil organisms, and let Nature take its course. This “rebirth” of the vineyard has seen a return of numerous flora and fauna with an impressive biodiversity: coveys of young partridges, hares, wild orchids… and numerous weeds, requiring manual hoeing.

The Cellier aux Moines is often the last property to harvest its grapes in the village of Givry. Nothing is better than the last rays of late summer sunshine to produce concentrated Pinot Noir grapes that are rich in sugar and aromas. Every year, four or five different plots are harvested separately depending on when they reach optimal ripeness, which is determined by the age of the vines and their location in the Clos. Picked using secateurs and placed carefully in ventilated crates, the grapes are immediately transported in the vat room in the Cellier where they are rigorously sorted. The vibrating sorting table enables the selection of only the perfectly ripe, healthy grapes for vinification. Every vintage brings its share of surprises in terms of weather in this continental climate, which is suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Clos du Cellier aux Moines, a historic Premier Cru in Givry, and three well-known Premiers Crus in the Côte de Beaune. The Domaine du Cellier aux Moines consists primarily of the 4.70 hectares of the Clos du Cellier aux Moines, one of Givry’s historic Premier Crus, planted with Pinot Noir." -Importer

Product Detail

Item # 104771
Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Givry
Ratings

91 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2015
Color Red
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic and Biodynamic
Taste ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom
Nose barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato