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 located in the Côte de Nuits as well as the Côte de Beaune.

 

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; a selection of fruit from vineyards with very stony soils (‘Graviers’ means gravel) means Pinot Noir here comes with a refined, mineral edge.

 

 

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Côte de Nuits-Villages Rouge ‘Croix Viollette’

‘Croix Viollette’ is a small plot surrounded by a stone wall, neighboring an active cloister (the Violet Cross) in the village of Brochon. Faces southeast; the ligher, well-draining soils mix clay and limestone with gravelly subsoils. Vines on average 50 years old.

 

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Morey-St.-Denis 'Les Herbuottes'

‘Herbuottes’ sits to the northeast of the village, touching premier cru ‘Les Charieres.’ Faces east; soils mix clay and limestone with veins of iron oxide; subsoils are rocky, with limestone boulders.

 

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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 selection of older-vine fruit (50+ years) from four separate, east-facing parcels in Chambolle. ‘Aux Croix’ and ‘Mombies’ sit near
premier cru plots; ‘Echezeaux’ and ‘Le Village’ are higher-altitude, some 900 feet above sea level.

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.

Morey-St.-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 some 975 feet above sea level, at the mouth of the Gevrey
“combe.” Vines here feed directly from Burgundy’s “mother rock” of limestone, just a few inches from the surface.

 

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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.

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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Echezeaux Grand Cru

A selection of fruit from lieu-dit ‘Grands Echezeaux.’ Vines face east on a steep grade (from 780 to 900 feet) on deep, stony soils.
Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged in older French oak barrels,
with 20% new wood. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

Magnien’s selections hail from the top of the vineyard, the middle and the lower slope, a combination that he feels represents a
perfect cross-section of the “real” Vougeot. Facing east and south, between 720 and 800 feet above sea level; soils are shallow and
chalky, with the “mother rock” and its chalky fossils underneath. Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged in older French oak barrels, with 20% new wood. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

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. Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged in older French oak barrels, with 20% new wood. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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. Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged in older French
oak barrels, with 20% new wood. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

A selection of vines upslope, where chalky soils are thinner and the limestone “mother rock” more pronounced. East-facing and
entirely surrounded by stone walls, ‘Clos de Bèze’ is both higher in altitude and rockier than neighboring Chambertin. Hand-harvested.
Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged in older French oak barrels, with
20% new wood. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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

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