Domaine Henri Magnien, Gevrey-Chambertin
This small Domaine has extraordinary vineyard-holdings on the Côte Saint-Jacques. This is a hillside of Gevrey-Chambertin First Growths which narrowly missed classification as Grands Crus, in the 1930s. Clients with long memories will recall that we shipped wines from this estate in the mid-1980s – when Henri, the grandfather of Charles Magnien, who now runs the estate, was in charge.
Since taking over the reins, Charles has been determinedly bringing it back up to the level which made his grandfather’s wines exceptional. Charles makes a point of preserving and propagating the “Pinot Noir Magnien” (about which, see below). Working closely with his cooper, he has developed his own, lightly-fired but long-time-toasted oak barrels, with the object of eliminating the vanilla or coffee aromas which may come with heavier toasting. “I search to produce fine wine, not tannic wine – wine you can drink young, and keep if you want,” says Charles. He is a new star in the Gevrey-Chambertin firmament, whose wines we were the first to re-introduce to UK Burgundy-lovers. We are thrilled to offer them again.