With all the hype attributed to Bordeaux, Burgundy still remains the most complex and intellectual of France's dreamland of wine-making. What is lacked in varietal blending, as only two grapes are used - Pinot and Chardonnay, is made up for by the 'terroir' - the expression of geological and climatic conditions, which can vary so dramatically over as little as ten or twenty yards within a single vineyard.
Stephane Magnien's 2012 Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru is made from 100% Pinot Noir whose vines date back as far as 1980. The grapes are grown in the Mazoyeres Chambertin vineyard (which can also be labelled as Charmes Chambertin) where the terroir is comprised of a gravel and yellow clay-limestone. Post vinfication the juice is aged for 12 months in barrels (10% new oak) followed by 3 months in stainless steel. in 2012 the resulting wine is one of expressive typicity and one that presents all of the hallmarks of a Grand Cru of Gevrey. Deep in colour, expressive nose; strawberry, blackcurrant and spice, with the palate powerful, virile and complex. Superb.
The village of Morey-Saint-Denis in the Cote de Nuits is located between the famous communes of Chambolle Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin. The red wines created on this site are described to be a satisfying medium between the elegance and softness , and the intensity and structure of Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin respectively!
The extra clay content in the soil from this blended 1er Cru of Gruencher and Clos Baulet, gives the wine a slightly fuller style, certainly a step up from the village wine, denser with more texture and more serious. Still delicate and elegant, these are thought-provoking wines from Magnien.
The Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru, Les Sentiers is located directly east of the famous Grand Cru appellation of Bonnes Mares and is on the border of Morey St Denis.
Stephane Magnien's plot in Les Sentiers is characterised by its deep, clay and limestone soils as well as vines that date back as far as 1927. The wine itself goes through temperature controlled fermentation with indigenous yeast, and gentle pigeage. Aging takes place in oak 'la piece' for 12 months (10% new oak), followed by 3 months in stainless steel tanks. Bottling occurs without fining or filtration.
The resulting wine is one of impressive purity and precision. Elegance, delicacy and balance is the this wines raison d'etre.
Stephane Magnien's 2012 Clos Saint Denis, Grand Cru is made from 100% Pinot Noir whose vines date back to the early 1970's. The famous terroir here, comprised of predominately limestone, allows for the vines to yield grapes of millerandes (small concentrated berries) due to the perfect amount of vine stress. Once vinified the juice is aged for 12 months is oak barrels (10% new oak) followed by 3 months is steel tanks. In 2012 the resulting wine is one which is characterised by elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration. A winning combination.