2020 Grains Fins Domaine Stéphane Magnien

Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Morey Saint Denis
ABV 13.5%

A cuvée of quite young vines (15 years old), but good plants on a good limestone-rich soil. It's lifted, juicy, then with a certain complexity and a touch of liquorice as well as the fine red fruit profile. 'almost an apéritif wine', says Stéphane. Drinking range: 2025 - 2033 L&S (Oct 2021)

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(from Bas de Chenevery and Crais Gillon). A markedly earthier blend reflects notes of plum, dark raspberry and violet. There is better volume and mid-palate density to the attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that offer a bit more depth and persistence on the bitter pit fruit-inflected and mildly rustic finale. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 88-90 Allen Meadows, (Jan 2022)

Made from two younger plots in a draining soil. Bright purple with darker centre. A little reduction here. Plenty of energy, concentrated dark red fruit, with a certain bite to it. Has kept fresh despite the sunshine summer. Tasted: December 2021 Rating: 89-91 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Jan 2022)

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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