Sommelier Selection - Domaine Henri Magnien

Sommelier Selection - Domaine Henri Magnien

Domaine Henri Magnien

One of the more recent additions to our Burgundy portfolio, and we are very excited to be working with Charles as he pushes forward into the front rank of Gevrey Chambertin growers. Introduced through his good friend Pierre Duroché, Magnien’s style of wines is nearer to Dugat-Py, in terms of richness, power and density.

Charles suggests that 2019 is more classic than 2018, with better acidity and more fresh Pinot character, and “each terroirs is in the glass”. The domaine owns some prime sites in the north west quadrant of Gevrey, an area known locally as the Cotes St Jacques, including holdings in Lavaut and Estournelles and also a great strip running the length of Cazetiers, known as the “Le Petit Chambertin” because it has the same combination of soil types. Charles is also very particular about oak – choosing his own wood, exclusively now from the forests of Fontainbleu and Chatillons, and giving to his preferred tonneliere Chauvin. He finds the different forests favour different cuvées and that it is not so much the percentage of new oak but rather the type of wood and level of toast that is most important.

These were among the most hedonistic, plush and muscular sets of wines we tried, although alcohol levels remained between 12.7 and 13.6% and there is no lack of tension and energy here. The Gevrey Vielles Vignes and lieu dit ‘Champerrier’ from 65-year old vines which “in blind tastings is a little 1er Cru” says Charles, are definitely smart buys from this address and then join the queue for the actual 1er Crus…

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