The 2018 Bourgogne Côte d’Or comes from 0.19 hectares of 45-year-old vines. It offers abundant, quite precocious red cherry and crushed strawberry bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy red fruit. Quite sweet and slightly confit in style, with a brisk finish. Fine.
(84-86) points, Vinous (January 2020)
Bottled – they felt the wines were ready and did not want to lose freshness.
Mid crimson. Ripe but fresh dark-red fruit. Juicy, generous, mouth-filling fruit. Lots of fruity pleasure and deft, smooth tannins that are just slightly chewy on the finish.
16 points, JancisRobinson.com (January 2020)
Soaring from the glass with aromas of cherries, spices and berries, the 2018 Bourgogne Côte d'Or is medium to full-bodied, round and fleshy, with melting tannins and an enveloping core of fruit. This generous, front-loaded bottling is already drinking well.
87 points, Wine Advocate (February 2020)
5 barrels from one plot of 0.19ha. Rich full purple, the nose is not too present yet, but a thick rich full fruit follows on in the mouth with a few firmer tannins. I think this will come together.
86 points, Inside Burgundy (November 2019)
Bourgogne Rouge has a moderately intense robe with purple reflections when young, then becomes ruby and orangey-red after a few years of bottle aging. It presents a wide array of aromas. One of the inherent characteristics of Pinot Noir: its supple mouthfeel and balanced tannins make it approchoable young but also allow it to age.
While the Magnien family has been operating in Burgundy since the mid-1600s, Domaine Henri Magnien et Fils was established in 1987 by Henri for himself, his son François and his grandson Charles. After working side-by-side with his father, Charles took the reins in 2009 and is now considered to be in the vanguard of the young, energetic winemakers in the Gevrey-Chambertin and the Côte de Nuits.
Domaine Henri Magnien is a small family-owned and run estate of a mere six hectares of vineyard holdings. What they lack in hectarage they make up for in undoubted Gevrey-Chambertin quality. The Magnien family’s inexorable march to organic viticulture has been going for years with around 80% already complete. Charles, considered to be one of Burgundy’s rising stars, employs Selection Massale, or Massal Selection, to plant his more recent vineyards with cutting selections made from 70 to 100-year-old vines. These clonal selections are known as Pinot Magnien (the family has been around for a while) and are widely considered to be the best in the appellation. They are much sought-after and used by the likes of Jérôme Galeyrand.
The Domaine also has many of the very best vineyards, including Lavaux Saint-Jacques, Les Cazetiers and Ruchottes-Chambertin.