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Givry “Clos des Cellier aux Moines” ♥
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Oct 10, 2019
Sweet spot Outstanding
Producer note: Juliette Joblot directs this 14 ha domaine where the plantings are divided between 11 ha in pinot noir and 3 ha in chardonnay. She described 2018 as “another vintage that was definitely marked by a hot and dry growing season. We did suffer some hail in early April that cost us around 30% of the potential crop. Otherwise the season was pretty easy though we were worried that we might have roasted fruit but in the end, we avoided that particular problem. We picked beginning on the 28th of August and brought in notably clean and very ripe fruit with strong potential alcohols that averaged right at 13.5%. The vinifications were straightforward and the malos were over fairly quickly, which is to say the reds finished in April. I did choose to use a bit less new wood as riper vintages need less of it. Overall, the 2018s are definitely marked by the sun but I like them for their richness and generous textures.” As the scores and commentaries suggest, Joblot has once again turned in remarkable quality and several of the wines are worth your attention. (Polaner Selections, www.polanerselections.com, NY).
Tasting note: A slightly riper but not roasted or jammy nose offers up notes of plum, cassis, dark cherry, spice and a dollop of wood. The exceptionally rich bigger-bodied flavors brim with sappy dry extract before concluding in a rustic, very firm and serious finish. Patience is strongly recommended as this is borderline old school in demeanor.