Maison Frédéric Magnien

Morey-Saint-Denis | Côte de Nuits | Burgundy

 

Maison Frederic Magnien Burgundy North Berkeley ImportsOf all our Burgundy producers, Frédéric Magnien, with his impressive selection of historic premier cru and grand cru terroirs, offers the most complete experience for those passionate about Burgundy wines.

For those just beginning their exploration, Magnien Burgundy is the ideal gateway to truly understanding the myriad tastes that this wine region promises. Each of Magnien’s many exemplary crus brings you closer to the true meaning of terroir—whether the orange essence of grand cru Echezeaux or the chocolaty core of Morey ‘Millandes.’

And for those who have already been seduced by all that is Burgundy, Magnien offers a lifetime of exploration into the region’s most impressive and rare vineyards, now all within reach.

Frédéric is a fifth-generation winemaker from Morey-Saint-Denis, and Burgundy is the family’s lifeblood. Learning the craft first from his father, Michel Magnien (of Domaine Michel Magnien), Fred also traveled to California and Australia to hone his talents before returning home and starting his own négociant domaine in his native village.

There’s no question that Magnien knows every nook and cranny of Burgundy by heart. As a child, he used these vineyards as his off-road bicycle course, riding through premier and grand cru plots.  As a winemaker, Magnien still rides his bike through the fields to greet growers at first light; his are long-lasting partnerships based on trust and respect.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

As a négociant, Magnien differentiates himself in that he works closely with his partner vine growers throughout the year, selecting only older-vine parcels that are cared for to his exacting standards. His own teams pick the grapes at harvest, a further qualitative step. (Most négociants buy juice, not grapes.) Most of the vineyards Magnien purchases grapes from are either certified organic or in the process of conversion.

In the cellar, juice is fermented on indigenous yeasts; wines are aged only in the highest-grade François Frères oak—a practice followed by other exclusive estates, such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Comtes de Lafon. Magnien chooses to use mostly older barrels for aging, with approximately 10 percent new oak for premier and grand cru wines. All wines are unfined and unfiltered.

SPARKLING WINES

Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut

100% Pinot Noir. A refreshing, lightly spiced sparkling wine made according to the méthode Champenoise (secondary fermentation in bottle) with very little dosage (less than 4 grams/L). The perfect aperitif.

 

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WHITE WINES

Bourgogne Blanc

A fruity, flavorful older-vine “basic” Bourgogne that combines peerless Chardonnay fruit from vineyards in Chambolle-Musigny, Fixin, Marsannay and crucially, Meursault.  The best of all worlds!

 

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Saint-Romain Blanc

A delectable white from a perfect spot at altitude between the Meursault and Hautes-Côtes villages appellations. Poached quince, apricots, a touch of almond.

 

Meursault 'Casse-Tête'

A high-altitude Meursault vineyard, sitting above the village’s premier cru row. A dazzling combination of plush, peachy flavors and citrus energy.

 

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Chablis 1er Cru ‘Montmains’

 

Chablis 1er Cru ‘Mont de Milieu’

One of the more important premier cru vineyards in Chablis, ‘Mont de Milieu’ sits on the right bank of the Serein river, not far from Chablis’ grand cru row. Full-bodied and plush, with ripe citrus fruits; balanced, with bright acidity.

 

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RED WINES

Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir

A blend of Pinot Noir from Brochon, Marsannay, Fixin and Corgoloin, plus some “declassified” fruit from villages Chambolle-Musigny vineyards. Full-flavored, delicately perfumed; an outperformer!

 

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Bourgogne 'Gravièrs'

Cool, red-fruit flavors and smooth tannins. Sourced from a single vineyard in Chambolle-Musigny called ‘Graviers,’ not far from villages-level vineyard ‘Les Herbues.’ Vines 40+ years old. Pinot Noir here comes with a refined, mineral edge

 

 

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Côte de Nuits-Villages Rouge ‘Croix Viollette’

‘Croix Violette’ is a small plot surrounded by a stone wall, neighboring an active cloister (the Violet Cross) in the village of Brochon. Vines on average 50 years old. True to its name, fruit here is purple, regal, refined; very juicy and spiced

 

 

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Morey-St.-Denis 'Les Herbuottes'

‘Herbuottes’ sits to the northeast of the village, touching premier cru ‘Les Charieres.’ Limestone-rich, mineral soils result in a Pinot Noir that’s deep and plush, with red fruits and baking spices.

 

 

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Gevrey-Chambertin 'Jeunes Rois'

An east-facing plot in the village of Brochon, surrounded partially by a stone wall, which traps heat and pushes Pinot Noir here to a black-fruited concentration. Very stony soils.

 

 

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Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes

A love letter to the purpled fruit and silky tannins of Chambolle. A selection of older-vine fruit from villages-level plots in Chambolle-Musigny: ‘Les Babillères,’ ‘Les Condemennes’ (which borders premier cru ‘Charmes’) and ‘Les Danguerrins,’ high up at the forest line. Vines 50+ years old.

 

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Vosne-Romanée 'Aux Champs Perdrix'

A favorite villages-level plot in Vosne, touching premier cru vineyards to the north and grand crus La Tâche and Romanée-Conti to the east. Soils echo the rockiness of La Tâche, with some sand. “Perdrix” are partridges; this may have been a favorite hunting ground for local residents in an earlier time.

 

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Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru 'Ruchots'

In the south of the village at the border with Chambolle, ‘Ruchots’ sits just under grand cru monopole Clos de Tart and grand cru
Bonnes Mares. The vineyard’s location in a small valley means cooler winds from the north form a special microclimate, allowing
a slower, longer ripening. Soils are thin and iron-rich; subsoils are pure “mother rock” limestone.

 

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Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 'Damodes'

‘Damodes’ sits on the village border with Vosne-Romanée, not far from grand cru monopole La Tâche. East-facing; soils are shallow and rocky, with pure limestone sub-soils. The name ‘Damodes’ comes from “dame” or lady; legend has it that benevolent fairies lived in the forest above the vineyard.

 

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Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Lavaut Saint-Jacques'

North of the village proper, ‘Lavaux Saint-Jacques’ faces southeast at the mouth of the Gevrey “combe.” Vines here feed directly
from Burgundy’s “mother rock” of limestone, a few inches from the surface. One of Gevrey’s more noble and structured premier crus.

 

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Borniques'

‘Borniques’ borders grand cru Musigny and sits just above premier cru ‘Amoureuses.’ East-facing; soils are nearly identical to grand cru Musigny, with limestone and veins of white and yellow clay. Concentrated, with layers and layers of flavor; always a favorite for the cellar.

 

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Charmes' Vieilles Vignes

‘Charmes’ faces east and sits at the same altitude and not far from premier cru ‘Amoureuses.’ Soils here are thin, with the “mother rock” just a few inches from the surface.

 

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Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

A selection of fruit from vines on the lower slope of this grand cru vineyard, where soils are mostly limestone gravel, deep and mineral. Gorgeous texture and layers of flavor.

 

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Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 'Aux Charmes'

A selection of very old vines (some 100+ years) from lieu-dit ‘Aux Charmes’ (bordering grand cru Chambertin). East-facing; soils
are ruddy and iron-rich, with limestone boulders underneath. This certainly lives up to its name (with an echo!) with creamy, pleasing red fruit and high-toned berry fruit aromas.

 

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Echezeaux Grand Cru

A selection of older-vine fruit from lieu-dits ‘Les Rouges du Bas,’ ‘En Orveaux’ and ‘Les Poulaillères.’ Soils at the top of the slope,
in ‘Les Rouges’ and the upper portion of ‘Orveaux,’ are the deepest, with limestone marl and stones; the broad spectrum of terroir
represented by this selection offers a complete picture of the true Echezeaux.

 

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Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

A selection of older vines from the Morey side of this grand cru, bordering Clos de Tart. East-facing; soils are red clay, iron-rich and shallow. Deep, brooding, profound: a gorgeous Bonnes Mares that will age with grace for decades.

 

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Established: 1995
Winemaker: Frédéric Magnien
Region: France • Burgundy • Côte de Nuits • Morey-Saint-Denis

ORGANIC WINERY

2015 Vintage: Aging in Amphorae

Winemaker Fred Magnien as of the 2015 vintage has chosen to age some of his wines in terracotta amphorae, as a logical next step following his conversion to organic/biodynamic winemaking. In doing so, Fred believes that his wines now reflect more purity of fruit and more direct terroir expression. For more background on this decision, read Fred’s own words here (PDF).