Happily ensconced in his new winery, Charles Magnien continues his rapid ascent through the Burgundian firmament…2019 is the finest vintage this domaine has produced to date: supple, seductive and perfumed, these are wines of immense charm that will turn heads in their youth but which have the substance and energy to age with grace, too. As the market starts to take notice, now is the time to secure allocations. - William Kelley, RPWA
One of the most impressive 2019s out there. Henri Magnien was completely under the radar for a long time, and now it’s time to pay attention. Charles made impressive wines in 2019 and the Bourgogne rouge is a great example of his success. The wine comes from 0.19ha of 50-year-old vines with a partial whole cluster. It offers bright crushed red berries with a beautiful texture. I love the controlled oak nuance that adds more texture and complexity without being oaky. You should definitely try the wine if you are a fan of Tremblay Bourgogne rouge or NEW post-2018 Dugat-py style. It’s a killer wine. I’m so convinced! - Daniel
It's a pleasure to introduce a new star winemaker in Burgundy. Charles Magnien, the 12th generation Magnien in Gevrey to work these vines, now heads the domaine Henri Magnien and 2019 is his breakout vintage. Gifted with old vines (and particularly fine clonal material, that shares the Magnien name), there is a newfound sense of transparency to the wines and a more judicious application of new oak. These are not merely trend following wines where the brakes have been put on extraction; quite the contrary, these are full-throated and richly-fruited wines but with beautiful energy throughout. There is plenty of perfume and terrifically suave tannins.
Charles keeps fermentation temperatures relatively low and favors remontage rather than pigeage. The amount of new oak for each cuvée more or less follows the traditional Burgundian scheme (although this seems newly uncommon) of rising along with the classificatory hierarchy. The percentage of whole cluster across the range is rather varied according to the demands of the vineyard and the quality of the stems at harvest. No recipe here, but rather appropriate attention to the specificities of each cuvée. What a delight it is to taste across this range!
The 2019 Bourgogne Côte d'Or has wonderful aromas of ripe red cherry along with peonies, violets and a touch of oak spice. There's ample succulence on the fleshy mid-palate and sweet, rounded tannins. This has really elegant layering on the way to the finish and the inner brightness of crushed stone. It's a magnificent introduction to a soon to be coveted producer.
The 2019 Bourgogne Côte d’Or, which contains 15% whole bunch, has a perfumed cranberry and raspberry bouquet that displays light potpourri aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red fruit and quite fleshy in style, with bitter cherry on the finish. Fine. - Neal Martin, Vinous