Domaine Henri Magnien

We are pleased to introduce our new domaine  -
Henri Magnien.

 

Tim Atkin MW in Decanter Magazine listed Henri Magnien (now run by 31 yr old grandson Charles) as one of the top 25 up-and-coming domaines to watch  - which was also backed up by glowing reports from Jasper Morris MW. Although small at 6 hectares they have some very good holdings and the family have been making wine in Burgundy since 1656. There is even an ancient pinot clone "Pinot Magnien" surviving in their vineyards.  

 

Samples were duly sent out to the PMFW office and we tried three of their 2017s in April (Gevrey VV, Estournelles and Cazetiers - they were very good despite their journey) and to top it all off Jo had the pleasure of tasting the full range at the domaine in Gevrey and meeting Charles in May 2019.

 

Charles is extremely enthusiastic, a perfectionist and very excited about his new wine making facility with recently acquired top-quality stainless steel vats and barrel hall.

I have added our various notes and impressions where possible.

 

Great wines with an excellent future and a welcome (and NZ exclusive) addition to the PMFW portfolio. 

 

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN V.V 201

Good deep colour. Fine, sweet, choc cherry & light earth nose. Not overt - the balance is great. Violets, spice. Silky texture. **** JK 04/04/19

 

Selected from 8 plots of old vines from 40 to 100 years, from the better lieux dits such as Epointures, En Champs and some Champerriers. Sweetly ripe, raspberry and strawberry fruit, some peonies too, a little bit of tannin behind more from the wood but also a fresh fruit driven finish.

 ***90 Jasper Morris MW

 

 

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 'Champerriers' 2017 

Only one plot with deep soil 5-6m. Beautiful expressive mixed cherries, well structured and very fresh.  The red clay below the ground gives a little saline touch with a delicious satisfying finish.  50% new oak.  Jo. C 17/05/19.

 

There is a touch more whole bunch usage here thanks to the age of the vines, 60 plus. A certain amount of rumbustious red fruit here. Plenty of energy dense fruit on cusp of red and black, good acidity. Plenty in reserve here, for longer ageing.

  **** 91 Jasper Morris MW.

 

The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Champerrier reveals aromas of dark berry fruit, cassis, bay leaf and rich soil tones, subtly framed by a touch of new wood. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, fine-boned and quite tensile at the core, with promising energy and persistence.

89-90 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

 

 
GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 1er cru 'Champeaux' 2017

With 32 year old vines, 20cm of clay and then rock - the Champeaux is quite subtle yet approachable with lots of minerality. Jo C 17/05/19.

 

Planted in 1986 (which is Charles’ vintage). Dark colour, slightly sombre nose, then an absolute wealth of fruit afterwards building to an intense dark fruited finish, albeit with more substantial tannins, more in evidence than acidity.

  *** 92 Jasper Morris MW.

 

A cuvée produced from thirty-year-old vines, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux bursts with aromas of cassis, raspberries, currant leaf and spices. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, layered and succulent, with a juicy core of fruit that largely conceals its fine structuring tannins. Pure and elegant, it's an approachable Champeaux which will offer a broad drinking window.

90-92 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

 

 

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 1er cru 'Estournelles St. Jacques' 2017 

 

Estournelles (white marl, no clay in these soils). South facing, windy and special soil which is similar to that of Corton-Charlemagne this wine expresses lovely aromas of violets and a little liquorice. Lots of energy, spices and cedar. Mid to dry finish. Like Corton will take time to be fully appreciated. Jo C 17/05/19

 

Brighter purple. The nose is very pronounced and perfumed. Slightly higher-toned (than Gevrey VV) more raspberry and sweet forest floor. Young with a light grip on the finish. Fine acidity. More mineral & complex.  ****JK 04/04/19

 

Dense purple colour, this has plenty of succulent fruit through the middle, more acidity than tannin at the back, shows its altitude, exposure to the wind and the cool white marl soil. This works very well for those who like a more austere style of wine.

  *** 91 Jasper Morris MW.

 

From a parcel that touches the premier cru of Poissenot, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles St Jacques is one of the high points of the portfolio, unwinding in the glass to reveal a classy bouquet of raspberries, orange rind, peony and rose petal. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, layered and elegant, with fine tannins, a bright line of animating acidity and a long, mineral finish. Delicate and vibrant, it's a lovely Estournelles St Jacques.

91-93 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

 

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 1er cru 'Cazetiers' 2017

5-6m of clay terroir.  Lovely rich blackcurrant and floral notes, rich long finish.  Jo C 17/05/19.

 

Deep garnet red, amber rim. Spicy, minerals. Really detailed creamy nose - lovely ambiance with expressive fruit. Cooler, rich and elegant. Long finish. Lush.

****1/2 JK 04/04/19

 

The back garden…and perhaps the flagship wine. The oldest vines are over 100 years old. This nose is sublimely elegant, with really good crisp fruit at the back, a little bit tightened up by the bottling, but still with an excellent follow through.

  **** 94 Jasper Morris MW.

 

With 1.4 hectares in this appellation, Magnien is an important landholder, with rows running from the top to the bottom of the slope. The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers is very promising, offering up lovely aromas of rose petal, black tea, cherries and earthy raspberries. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and complete, with a layered mid-palate and fine structuring tannins.

 91-93 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

 

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 1er cru 'Lavaux St. Jacques' 2017 

11 rows of vines. Lovely dark ruby in colour. Smooth, elegant and well balanced. Long finish. Jo C 17/05/19.

 

The holding consists of 11 rows of very old pinot Magnien. Glowing dense purple. Extra concentration of very lively dense and pure red fruit. It shows a very linear profile, but has excellent intensity.

  ****93 Jasper Morris MW.

 

The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques

wafts from the glass with a complex bouquet of cassis, cherries, licorice, rose petal, wood smoke and spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered with a textural attack, excellent concentration, rich structural tannins and a long, fragrant finish. It's another high point in the range.

 91-93 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

 

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 1er cru '4 Carac Terres' 2017

This cuvée is made up of the domaine’s 4 premier crus in equal parts, made with 100% whole bunch. One barrel only so just 300 bottles have been made. The nose absolutely shows the whole bunch character but in a nice way. Perhaps it is the faintest touch more volatile. Very ripe rounded fruit on the palate before that lovely fresh crunch at the back.

  **** 91 Jasper Morris MW.

 

 

RUCHOTTES-CHAMBERTIN Grand cru 2017 

Picked one week after Cazètiers in a cooler area. Very elegant, refined cherries, medium bodied with perfect acid balance.  Long satisfying lingering finish. Jo C 17/05/19.

 

There are just three barrels, each of them new using 4 year air-dried wood from the Chatillon forest. Leaving aside the evident wood on the nose, there is a glowing quality to the colour, albeit not especially deep, and a very beautiful sensual note to the fruit - future ethereal - top and bottom of the vineyard in the same glass. Little red fruits tiptoeing daintily. Very lovely.

  ****96 Jasper Morris MW.