Givry “Clos des Cellier aux Moines”
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Oct 15, 2015
Producer note: Jean-Marc Joblot who, along with his brother and daughter Juliette, directs this 14 ha domaine where the plantings are divided between 11 ha in pinot noir and 3 ha in chardonnay. Joblot described 2014 as a “vintage that for the first time in five years gave us what I consider to be normal yields, which is to say around 38 hl/ha in red and 45 hl/ha in white. We chose to begin picking on the 13th of September and in a mild change of pace, we picked the chardonnay after the pinot which is not usually the case. While there was a bit of sorting necessary in pinot, overall the fruit was really pretty clean. Potential alcohols were in the 12.2 to 12.7% range for the reds and a bit higher for the whites at 12.8 to 13.3%. As to the wines they have good underlying material and enough structure to age well but I believe that people will like them because they’re also going to be accessible young. I have to say that the wines have turned out better than how I thought that they might based on the growing season which is always better than the reverse situation!” As the scores and commentaries suggest, Joblot has once again turned in remarkable quality and almost all of these wines are worth your attention. (Robert Kacher Selections, www.robertkacherselections.com, Washington, D.C.).
Tasting note: Reduction presently flattens the fruit though the nose does seem ripe. Here too there is good richness to the lightly mineral-inflected and velvet-textured middle weight flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins on the dusty, complex and mouth coating finish that offers a bit more overall depth.