Striving for excellence for nine centuries
The story begins in 1130, when Cistercian monks of the abbey of La Ferté founded the estate in Givry. Over the centuries, the monks identified the best plots (“climats”) of the area. They surrounded these locations with stones from the adjacent quarries to protect these exceptional terroirs. In 2004, the Pascal family acquired the classified first growth vineyard “Clos du Cellier aux Moines 1er Cru“, whose vineyards surround the wine cellar. The owners spent four years restoring this wine cellar of the monks, which is now under historical preservation protection. In 2006 they engaged a young winemaker, Erwan Bretaudière, for the vineyard work. As a result of the quest for excellence, the Domaine du Cellier aux Moines is converting all of the vines to organic farming since 2015. Today, the winery owns five hectares of the first growth “Clos du Cellier aux Moines,” planted with Pinot Noir grapes, and 1.4 hectares of vineyards planted with Chardonnay, divided into three first growths of the Côte de Beaune terroir: Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées, Santenay 1er Cru Beauregard and a parcel in Mercurey “Les Margotons.” In addition, the winery cultivates a very old vineyard of 3000 square metres, also in the Clos du Cellier, which has recently been replanted.
There is no great wine without grapes of the highest quality coming from a great terroir.
A soil and an optimal exposure
30 million years ago the Alps rose and the sea withdrew. The hills of Burgundy were created at this time from limestone deposits and rich in fossils. The Clos du Cellier vineyard was planted on loam and limestone soils, at an altitude of 250 to 300 metres. The south-facing position maximizes the vines exposure to sunlight, good ventilation and most favourable conditions for the ideal grape ripening are given. Exposed south with beautiful view over Mont Blanc, the winery dominates Givry, famous for its red wines.
Everything starts in the vineyard…
The pruning is a strict cordon cut and the soils are regularly ploughed without fertilizers or herbicides. The low yields contribute to best grape qualities. The Domaine du Cellier aux Moines harvests the grapes at the optimum time of ripening by hand. The grapes are carefully transported to the cellar in small boxes, and then only the healthy and ripe grapes are selected.
The wine cellar is equipped with oak barrels, with temperature control for an optimal extraction of the fruit aromas and Pinot Noir tannins. The Chardonnay grapes go through a pneumatic press, which guarantees a gentle extraction of the juice before the fermentation starts in wooden barrels. The wines of the Domaine Cellier aux Moines are aged exclusively in oak for 9 to 14 months before bottling.
The wines of Domaine du Cellier aux Moines
Domaine du Cellier aux Moines : Givry 1er Cru “Clos du Cellier aux Moines” 2014
Burgundy – Givry
This Pinot Noir is ruby in colour, with a brilliant sparkle. It displays aromas of sour cherries and other small red fruits such as gooseberry. On the palate, the Givry Premier Cru Clos du Cellier aux Moines 2014 presents fresh fruits carried complemented by notes coming from the 12 months it spent ageing in barrels, with ultra-silky tannins. Its tension will allow it to age for several more years, keeping its fruity character.
Domaine du Cellier aux Moines : Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “les Chaumées” 2014
Burgundy – Chassagne-Montrachet
Its nose, still a little bit closed, is marked by its generous oak notes, from its barrel ageing. In the mouth, this white Burgundy reveals aromas of white flowers and peaches, in a very straight and mineral expression. The power of the Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées 2014 is still restrained, but will develop over time. It is characterized by a long length with a salty aftertaste.
Domaine du Cellier aux Moines : Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “les Pucelles” 2014
Burgundy – Puligny-Montrachet
Intense floral notes are accompanied by subtle oak aromas. On the palate, the Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2014 from the Domaine du Cellier aux Moines shows peach and white fruit flavours. It is well-balanced and refreshing, with a spicy finish and a long elegant length. Very expressive, this Burgundy wine can wait 5 to 10 years before being tasted.
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