A family story

A Shared Passion

In the service of a Domaine rich in history

Drawing inspiration from the Cistercian heritage, striving for excellence and preparing the future

The Cellier aux Moines of Givry is a unique group of houses that has survived the vicissitudes of time. Having been the Abbey of La Ferté's wine-producing property for nearly seven centuries, and then owned by the same family for two centuries following the French Revolution, it was purchased in 2004 by Philippe and Catherine Pascal and their three children, Camille, Marguerite and Alexis. From Beaune, to New York, then Reims, the family settles in Givry. After a long restoration, the Domaine went back to its original purpose: growing high quality grapes on an exceptional terroir, and producing the best possible wines.

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Philippe et Catherine Pascal decided to acquire the Cellier aux Moines et its Clos in July of 2004, a shared dream they had when they first meet each other thirty years ago in Dijon when he was studying agronomy and she was studying Law. He is from Saint Étienne, she is from Beaune. They married in 1977 at the Hospices de Beaune.

Philippe's career has included many enriching experiences: he worked providing aid to Guinean farmers, after their long war of independence, and then spent ten years in the USA in the French food and wine industry as director of Sopexa. Philippe and Catherine then decided to return to France in 1990 to raise their three children, Camille, Marguerite and Alexis.

Philippe became CEO of wine merchants Barton & Guestier in Bordeaux, and then of Mumm & Perrier-Jouet Champagnes, which were at that time subsidiaries of the North American group Seagram. In 1994, he decided to join LVMH, becoming president of Veuve Clicquot champagne, and then of LVMH's wines and spirits arm, Moet-Hennessy in 1999. In 2001, keen to gain experience in other sectors, he was entrusted with the development of a new watches and jewellery division of LVMH, with well known brands such as Tag Heuer, Zenith, Hublot, Chaumet, Fred, and DeBeers until 2012, when the Italian jeweller Bulgari was acquired. He also contributed to the creation of watch-making divisions for Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.

After twenty exciting years working for the world leader of the luxury market, Philippe decided to retire from LVMH at the age of 58 and to devote himself with Catherine to the family property.

Today, they share the work, Catherine concentrating on administration and communication, while Philippe is concerned with the development of the property, technical and commercial aspects. More specifically, Catherine oversees the sorting of the grapes, a highly critical operation during the harvests. Their three children are now co-owners of the Domaine and actively participate in the major decisions. They have all created their own businesses, in the USA (www.manufacturepascal.com in Brooklyn) and in Paris (www.placespourtous.com), but regularly meet at the Cellier aux Moines to keep up to date with the latest developments. Marguerite is co-manager of the Domaine and is responsible for publicity in the USA. Philippe and Catherine now live at the Cellier aux Moines, in Givry.

Guillaume Marko is the Domaine's technical manager. He holds diplomas of BTS oenology and viticulture, a licence in Science de la Vigne, and a diploma of Oenologist, DNO from l'Institut Universitaire de la Vigne et du Vin in Dijon. Guillaume  has trained at Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, then worked at Domaine Anoux Lachaux in Vosne Romanee, and at Frederic Magnien in Morey Saint Denis.

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