The Terroir and its vines
The Clos du Cellier aux Moines vines are planted on a south-facing clay-limestone hillside. The vines of the domaine are located on the medium and upper parts of the hillside, on a low water reserve soil. This is a clay-alluvium soil with oolitic limestone pebbles on alluvial-clay marl.
Exclusively planted of Pinot Noir, the vines cover 4.7 hectares. A thorough work, plot by plot, has led to replant the upper part of the hillside with a selection of Pinot "fins" and "très fins", grafted onto rootstock that is appropriate for high level of active limestone.
2.5 hectares of old vines planted between 1973 and 1978
2.2 hectares replanted between 2008 and 2011
The grapes are harvested by hand, as late as possible in order to benefit from the off season beautiful sunshine and are rigorously sorted in the vat room to keep only the perfectly healthy and ripe grapes.
The 2011 vintage
The harvests began in Givry on August 20, but at the Domaine the youngest vines were not harvested until 1 and 2 September, and the oldest vines on 7 September. 13% of the grapes were removed in the first sorting, 20% on the second. Due to the replanting programme, only three hectares were in production. After sorting, the yield was 33 hectolitres per hectare.
After fermentation in temperature-controlled casks, the wines were matured for a year, entirely in oak barrels, one third of which were new. 13,000 bottles were produced in 2011.
Colour: deep red.
Nose: aromas of ripe red fruit and undergrowth.
Palate: ripe fruit and plums, firm but well-integrated tannin structure, long finish.
Recommendations: should be at its best between 2014 and 2018.
- serve with meat, grilled fish, cheese, desserts with red fruit or chocolate.