Domaine Henri Magnien, Gevrey-Chambertin
2016 Burgundy En Primeur
This small estate has extraordinary vineyard holdings on the Côte Saint-Jacques, which is that sector 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. Today, Henri Magnien’s 30-year-old grandson Charles has taken over the reins of the estate, bringing it back up to the level which made his grandfather’s wines pre-eminent.
The estate has preserved and propagated a special “Pinot Noir Magnien” (about which, see below). Working closely with his cooper, Charles Magnien 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. It is a great pleasure to reintroduce the Domaine’s wines, from a sector of Gevrey where we have long wished to extend our offerings. This is a new star in the Gevrey firmament, which we warmly recommend.