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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ROSÉ WINES

Bourgogne Rosé

A delicate blushed wine (rosé de pressurage) from a selection of organically raised Pinot Noir grapes from village and premier cru vineyards in the Côte de Nuits. Pure summer berry flavors and light peppery spice.

 

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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.

 

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Côte de Nuits-Villages Blanc 'Coeur des Pierres'

A special selection of Côte de Nuits fruit, primarily Fixin and Corgoloin, from stony terroir (‘Coeur des Pierres’ means ‘heart of stone.’) Citrus and herbal aromas with a long, savory finish.

 

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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.

 

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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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Meursault 1er Cru 'Genevrières'

Located at the heart of Meursault’s premier crus, ‘Genevrières’ has clay-rich soils that contribute extra weight and texture to this very savory Burgundian Chardonnay.

 

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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 'Coeur de Roches'

A unique blend of older-vine fruit from Côte de Nuits vineyards that share a similar characteristic: shallow topsoils and proximity to Burgundy’s limestone “mother rock.” This influence gives refined aromas and fine tannins.

 

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Côte de Nuits-Villages Rouge ‘Croix Viollette’

This ‘violet cross’ walled vineyard sits in the center of the village of Brochon (right next to an active cloister)—perfect placement and terroir (a ‘basic’ Burgundy that drinks like a premier cru!) MAGNIEN_cdnv_viollette

Morey-St.-Denis 'Les Herbuottes'

A perfectly placed village vineyard, not far from grand cru Clos de la Roche, and one that captures the essence of Morey-Saint-Denis, with its spicy aromas and plush texture.

 

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Gevrey-Chambertin 'Jeunes Rois'

The vineyard’s walls trap heat and push Pinot Noir here (the vineyard is located in Brochon) to a deep, black-fruited concentration; a wine that will age well, too.

 

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Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes

Violet aromas and plush, purple fruit are delightful in this textbook Chambolle. Fruit from older vines gives this villages Pinot Noir more depth and concentration.

 

Vosne-Romanée 'Aux Champs Perdrix'

A villages-level wine that always outperforms, given its ideal location, not far from hallowed grand crus La Tâche and Romanée-Conti.

 

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Morey-St.-Denis 1er Cru 'Ruchots'

Morey-Saint-Denis’ top premier cru vineyard; Magnien’s vines sit near the vineyard wall with grand cru monopole Clos de Tart. Tangy, richly perfumed and always built for the long haul.

 

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Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 'Damodes'

Elegance and power combined; ‘Damodes’ is unusual in that its terroir is mostly chalk, rare for the appellation. Plums, violets and red currants.

 

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

‘Lavaut Saint-Jacques’ vines feed directly from Burgundy’s “mother rock” of limestone, giving this wine its serious concentration and body. An excellent selection for the cellar.

 

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Charmes' Vieilles Vignes

Silky and refined, ‘Charmes’ feeds almost directly from the chalky “mother rock” just a few inches below the surface; this proximity results in a profoundly mineral wine, with the classic Chambolle airy, delicate fruit and spice.

 

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Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

Magnien chooses vines from the top of the vineyard, its middle and its lower slope, a decision that he feels results in a perfect cross-section of the “real” flavors and textures of Vougeot.

 

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Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

A selection of very old vines (some over 100 years old) results in a refined, silky Charmes-Chambertin with an impressively concentrated, flavorful core.

 

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Echezeaux Grand Cru

A profound yet elegant Echezeaux, blending older-vine Pinot Noir fruit from lieu-dits ‘Les Treux’ and ‘Les Poulaillères.’ (It is from this particular lieu-dit that Romanée-Conti has its own Echezeaux vines.)

 

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Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

Structured and supple, a grand cru for the ages. Magnien selects vines from the Morey-Saint-Denis side of the vineyard, those that border grand cru monopole Clos de Tart. Soils here are iron-rich, contributing further complexity to the wine.

 

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Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

A royal purple in aroma and flavor. Magnien selects vines from the upper slopes of the vineyard, where the soil is thinner and the influence of the chalky “mother rock” more pronounced; here you’ll discover finer tannins, a smoother profile.

 

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

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