2015 Frederic Magnien Bourgogne (25.99) -
Of all North Berkeley Wine Imports' 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.
The 2015 Bourgogne combines peerless Chardonnay fruit from vineyards in Chambolle-Musigny, Fixin, Marsannay and crucially, Meursault. The best of all worlds!