2018 Domaine du Cellier aux Moines 'Clos du Cellier aux Moines' 1er Cru Givry

  • Owned by Former LVMH CEO, Philippe Pascal
  • Winemaker Worked at DRC & Arnoux-Lachaux
  • 95 Point Vintage, Wine Enthusiast 
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About the Wine

The Cellier aux Moines of Givry is a unique group of historical buildings that were originally constructed by Cistercian monks in the 11th century. Today the estate is owned by former CEO of the mega luxury brand LVMH, Philippe Pascal. Pascal has completed a full renovation of the estate transforming it into a state-of-the-art facility while maintaining the historical esthetic of the original buildings.

The estate is equipped with a gravity-fed winery and became the first certified organic estate in Givry. Cellier also employs biodynamic practices and stopped using herbicides and pesticides in 2006. 

Pascal has brought in some elite talent to oversee the winemaking at Domaine du Cellier aux Moines. The immensely talented winemaker, Guillaume Marko, has worked at the best of the best in Burgundy. His resume includes Domaine de la Romanée Conti, an estate that has been producing the best Pinot Noir's in the world for a long time; and Arnoux-Lachaux, who is quickly becoming one of the best producers in the Cote de Nuits.

The Domaine du Cellier aux Moines consistsprimarily of the 5 hectares of the Clos du Cellier aux Moines, one of Givry’s historic Premier Crus, planted with Pinot Noir. The Pascal family selected with great care and acquired several small plots of white wine grapes, in order to offer a wider range of wines. In 2007 a plot in Mercurey was acquired called “Les Margotons”. In 2012, the Domaine took over three more Premier Cru plots in the Côte de Beaune, located in Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Puligny-Montrachet. In 2017, it expanded to Montagny Premier Cru.

Domaine du Cellier aux Moines is a great estate in the making. It won't be long before we start to talk about du Cellier aux Moines as one of the best in Burgundy. 

Tasting Notes: 100% Pinot Noir. Aromas of black and white pepper, red berries, and licorice. Refined and mineral, with medium tannins. Enjoy with Roast lamb, beef in sauce, and truffled dishes

Reviews

Richer and more muscular than the elegant, charming 2017, the 2018 Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cellier Aux Moines unwinds in the glass to reveal notes of sweet berries, licorice, peonies, spices, and orange rind. Medium to full-bodied, with powdery tannins and a concentrated core of fruit, it's the fruit of low yields after the Clos du Cellier Aux Moines was impacted by hail.

Philippe Pascal's acquisition of the Domaine du Cellier Aux Moines has been a boon for Givry and the Côte Chalonnaise as a whole. Whether in replanting with superior selections of Pinot Noir, in converting to organic farming (the domaine becoming the first to be certified organic in Givry), or in commissioning important historical work on the region's past, Pascal has spared no expense in investing in the region. As the wines, stewarded by Guillaume Marko—who has worked at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Arnoux-Lachaux—go from strength to strength, it's clear that those investments are bearing dividends. The 2019 vintage is the domaine's finest to date, and the accompanying tasting notes offer some insight in the progress that has taken place in recent years. ~92+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

This wine comes from the walled home vineyard of this Domaine. With its intense perfumes and dense texture, it is concentrated, structured, and ready for aging. Dark plums and fresh acidity add more dimensions and complexity. Drink this wine from 2024 ~92 Wine Enthusiast

Unsurprisingly, given the warmth of the vintage, the 2018 leads with a pristine and dark cherry-like power than overshadows the mineral aspect hiding underneath. Though lacking the tensile nature of the 2017, it displays uplifting acidity, especially in the finish, that offsets the ripeness. Appropriately reticent given its youthfulness, it blossoms with air. The cashmere-like texture and harmony at this stage suggests it will develop well. It’s scheduled for release in the Autumn of 2021. ~92 Decanter

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