Stephan Magnien

Morey Saint-Denis: Introducing Domaine Stéphan Magnien! (No Relation to Other Magniens...)

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The young and very capable Stéphan Magnien is the fourth generation in his family at this four hectare estate in Morey Saint-Denis. The domain has never used herbicides, doing a deep plowing to aerate the soil each winter (they changed from horse to tractor in the 1980s) and uses only organic composts. There is a high percentage of old vines, including a great deal of "Pinot Tordu," a small-berried,  aromatic old clone of Pinot. Minimal new oak is used, about 15% for the premier and grand cru wines, and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Hand harvesting, of course, and long, wild-yeast fermentations. Our tasting of the 2010 vintage with Stephan last February showed that this modest young winemaker is producing beautifully elegant wines, with minimal efforts to extract. Relatively light in body, the wines were aromatically extremely lovely and wonderfully balanced, with fine material and good acidity indicating great potential for aging. It's quite exciting to find a new, and reasonably priced Burgundy producer making wines in a style we love and we hope you will give them a try!

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Magnien, Stephane 2010 Bourgogne Passetoutgrains Tradition

This is a terrific Passetoutgrain and a great value at this price! The Magniens obviously take this wine seriously as it has lovely red fruit aromas, mostly strawberry confit with a bit of pepper and brown spice and an elegant, balanced palate. As with all the Magnien 2010s, the fruit is bright and there is nice acidity leading to a good finish, really a delicious wine.  This should drink well for 3 to 5 years, don't hesitate to try it!

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Magnien, Stephan 2010 Chambolle-Musigny

From a small parcel of eighty year-old vines in Les Athets. Ethereal candied cherry with some deeper notes, the palate is light and very pretty with good length. Very long and lovely fruit/acid finish. Needs some time, but will be very lovely in a light, pure style.

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Magnien, Stephane 2010 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnieres

On very stony soil, just below Clos de la Roche. Beautiful red fruits, raspberry, strawberry, red currant. The palate is dense but not heavy, as with all these wines, with fabulous balance. Lovely length of fruit in the finish with bright acidity, highly recommended!

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Magnien, Stephane 2010 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

Monts Luisants is above Clos de la Roche, near Gevrey, with very shallow rocky soil giving well structured wines with good acidity. Superb aromas, mostly cherry with a dense, complex palate that stays light on its feet but with fabulous "presence." Terrific length with refreshing acids — a beautifully elegant wine that will age well.

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Magnien, Stephane 2010 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

Les Sentiers is a superb premier cru, just below Bonnes Mares, north of the village. This had just been bottled, before our February visit, and was a bit shut down aromatically. The palate showed the lovely combination of lightness and density in all Magnien's 2010s, very supple and elegant with perfect acidity. Intense cherry/strawberry fruit with a very slight oak presence. This should age beautifully — Stephan pointed out the variety of terroirs in Les Sentiers (and in Bonnes Mares) giving the wines a bit more muscular style than other Chambolles.

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Magnien, Stephane 2010 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

We tasted the 2011 (superb!) but not the 2010, so here's Jancis Robinson (JH) "More lively on the nose than the Clos St-Denis, wild strawberries that have that herbal side even though they are naturally so sweet and fragrant. Fine-grained, sweet tannins — almost powdery they are so fine. Slightly dry finish with those wild strawberries reappearing on the long finish" 12 bottles available.

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Magnien, Stephane 2010 Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru

From a small parcel of sixty year-old vines. This is an excellent Clos Saint Denis at a very reasonable price. Very subtle and complex aromas, the palate has fabulous dense material but is light and balanced. Superb, very long and very complex finish. 12 bottles are available. Here's Jancis Robinson "Richly perfumed, almost exotic though still very refined. So elegant, almost reserved to begin and then builds across the palate. Finest of fine tannins but still has the tannin and freshness for a long life. Tannins add a savoury edge but the fruit is pure and sweet through the middle and yet that dry finish avoids all unwanted sweetness overall. Very long and beautifully precise. (JH)"

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