2016 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Morey Saint Denis
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Faconnières

(Just below Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Vineyard). Riper nose than Sentiers. More sweet black and red plummy fruits in play. Nice palate. Serious. Broad shouldered but not tough, just good pinning in from mineral, smoky framework but super weight of 'a point' strawberry, summer pudding fruit. Finishes with a more leafy, herby lift. Round, deep and 'gourmand'. This has an inescapable, expressive, bright and sexy flow, but serious too. Fabulous. L&S (Oct 2017)

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The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis Les Faconnières 1er Cru has a comparatively light bouquet with earthy red and black fruit, hints of tobacco coming through with aeration. The palate is quite refined, nicely balanced, and fleshy for a Morey-Saint-Denis. A touch of bitter red fruit on the finish. It is just missing some substance and the verve of the best wines from the appellation. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting. Drinking range: 2021 - 2032 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, (Oct 2019)

Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Stéphane's is a small domaine, a mere 4.5 hectares, with one full hectare of that in regional wine - Passetoutgrains and Bourgogne - but it is blessed with two Grands Crus and also a long history of not messing with nature. No pesticides have ever been used on this land, and the plants are nearly all the old 'Pinot tordu' - twisted Pinot with its gnarly stems which are less vigorous than the modern clones and said by many to make wines with more finesse.

Stéphane chaptalizes only to extend fermentations - these are wines which his father Jean-Paul used to describe as 'sage en alcool' - from 12 to 13% - the old vines do not make much alcohol. Wood use is also discreet, even though Stéphane has increased the proportion, he does not exceed 50% new wood on the Grands Crus, 25% on the Premiers Crus and on the village appellations, 15% new wood for one year only, then all into older barrels.

Stéphane says that he aims to make wines with more richness than his father's, 'but not black angular wines which have less relief. Wines which leave your mouth clean and clear, refreshed and revived and, above all, wanting another glass'. He destems 100%, gives the grapes a six-day maceration, then a classical fermentation with just two pigeages, and a little remontage (pumping over) at the end.

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