Stéphane Magnien

Great 2012 Burgundies from Stéphane Magnien! Dinner at Racines NY, Tuesday, May 5th!!

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We were very happy to hear that a small additional quantity of Stéphane Magnien's wonderful 2012s was available, including some of the lovely 1er Cru Faconnières. These are beautiful wines that don't as yet carry the insane price tags attached to the top producers of this style of old-fashioned, elegant, understated Burgundies. 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. This modest young winemaker is producing beautifully elegant wines, with minimal efforts to extract. Relatively light in body, the wines are aromatically extremely lovely and they are wonderfully balanced, with gorgeous pure fruit, saline minerality and bright acidity indicating great potential for aging. Although 2012 was a "difficult" vintage for the growers, the very low yields produced wines with moderate alcohol, good fruit concentration and great terroir expression in the hands of growers like Stéphan Magnien - we urge you to try them.

Please join us at Racines NY on Tuesday May 5th as we taste through the beautiful 2012s of Stephane Magnien while enjoying the fabulous cuisine of Chef Frédéric Duca and team. We'll drink all the wines in today's email including the 2007 "Petites Noix" and the two 2012 Grand Crus, in order to appreciate the elegance and terroir expression of these lovely wines. Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 Racines NY, 94 Chambers Street. $150 inclusive of tax and tip.

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Magnien, Stephane 2012 Bourgogne Aligoté

This is a bracing, rocky, earthy Aligoté with a Muscadet-like nose of seashells and lime pith. It's full-textured, but very low in alcohol (11.5%), as though all the wine's texture on the palate comes from mineral. Smoky, saline, and briny, the wine is arrestingly crisp and high acid. The wine is intensely limey on the palate, and opens up nicely over a day in the fridge. Drink this with oysters! MSB

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Magnien, Stephane 2012 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain Cuvée Densité

This is a great Bourgogne Passetoutgrain from the young and very capable Stephane Magnien, whose great vineyard work and un-forced vinifications are producing superb, elegant Burgundies. The 2012 Cuvée Densité is from older vines of Pinot Noir and Gamay and gets a longer élevage than his "regular" Passetoutgrain. The palate is round and elegant with cherry and strawberry compote but it's well-balanced and refreshing with nice finishing acidity—really a lovely everyday Burgundy at a great price! Serve cool and enjoy.

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Magnien, Stephane 2012 Morey-Saint-Denis

The young Stephane Magnien is becoming widely known for his elegant, unforced, old-fashioned Burgundies and his delicious "village" Morey-Saint-Denis is an outstanding value. High-toned aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, violet and blood orange with lovely depth and persistence. The palate is medium-bodied with a mineral center, really showing the terroir followed by earthy black fruits and saline acidity that continue on the long stony finish. This may lack the weight of the superb 2010, but the bright subtle fruit and great terroir-expression make this an excellent choice as well. Lovely now, best in five to ten years.

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Magnien, Stephane 2012 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Cuvée "Aux Petites Noix"

From mixed limestone and clay soils in premier crus Clos Baulet and Les Gruenchers, which bracket Clos Sorbe beneath the village of Morey-Saint-Denis. Another lovely wine from Stephane Magnien. Ruby in color and medium-bodied. This is quite perfumed immediately upon opening; red fruits and flowers dominate. Wild strawberry, red plums, dried rose aromas are followed by hints of bergamot and spices. The energetic palate balances ripeness and structure. There is lovely rich fruit here with offsetting earthiness. The dry extract and ripeness buffer ripe tannins and there is a beautiful purity of fruit. The finish is long and complex with discreet oak. Enjoyable now, but should become lovely with a few years in the cellar. JCM

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Magnien, Stephane 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

This is a superb "Sentiers" showing similarly to the 2010 with a bit more aromatic brightness and acidity. Elegant high-toned aromas of wild-strawberry, violet, cherry, graphite, thyme and stone. Intense palate with bright acidity with velvety, chalky texture. Black cherry, citrus, brown spice and earth with fabulous length and mineral notes lingering long on the palate. A beautiful wine that can be enjoyed immensely now, best in five to twenty years...

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