The Thenard family has owned land in Givry since 1760. For the past several decades their estate has sold most of its production to the Remoissenet. Wine had always been bottled under the Thenard label for private customers such as Charles de Gaulle and the Pope, but was not exported to North America under the Domaine label until 2005. They own 3 premier crus in Givry where they make both red and white
The 3 fields are Les Bois Chevaux, Celliers Aux Moins and Clos Saint-Pierre which increase in intensity and power. We tried a 1997 Bois Chevaux that was still youthful, indicating the longevity of these wines which initially seem delicate and ephemeral They also own 1.83 ha in Montrachet (the second largest holding and one quarter of the field), which they have owned since 1872, Grands Echezeaux, Corton Clos du Roi and Pernand Vergelesses Iles des Vergelesses. Baron Jean-Baptiste Bordeaux-Montrieux, whose branch of the family is from the Val de Loire, has been in charge of the winemaking since the early 1980’s. The approach is very traditional and the wines have a firmness and rusticisty that reflect that style. The large wooden fermentation tanks are over 100 years old and still used to produce all the reds on the estate.
With a southerly exposure, this 3.22 hectare vineyard is a mix of clay and lime. Oak barrels are used in fermentation bringing about soft and subtle tannins. The “Cellier aux Moines” parcel is very old with records dating back to 1258. With a terrific currant color, and a rich, intense fruit bouquet with aromas of ripe dark berries, this Pinot Noir has lots of sweet, pure fruit on the palate. It is a beautifully balanced, velvety wine that offers good power, back-end persistence and a lingering finish. This is a wine that can be enjoyed after a long aging period.
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