The maiden 2018 Aloxe-Corton La Coutiere 1er Cru comes from 0.76 hectares of 55-year-old vines. It offers attractive black cherries and blueberry on the nose, touches of blood orange and quince emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit and quite spicy, with healthy pinch of black pepper. Displays firm structure on the slightly dry finish. Fine.
(87-89) points, Vinous (January 2020)
This is a new farming contract taken on from a vigneron who has just retired. This vineyard of 0.76ha, with 50/55 year old vines in fact lies within the boundary of Ladoix. Dense purple, with a touch of reduction on the nose. Deep red fruit, becoming sweeter and darker at the finish to balance the slightly rustic tannins of this area.
(86-89) points, Inside Burgundy (November 2019)
Exhibiting aromas of red berries, licorice and rich soil tones, the 2018 Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru La Coutière is medium to full-bodied, bright and richly structured, with more overt youthful structure than Magnien's polished reds from Gevrey-Chambertin.
(89-91)+ points, Wine Advocate (February 2020)
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.