150cl * Organic * Biodynamic * 13.0% ABV * Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France
Having grown up riding his bike through the vineyards of Morey-Saint-Denis, Frederic Magnien, son of Michel Magnien, has been combining talent and terroir in the Côte d'Or since taking the reins from his father. Known as somewhat of an alchemist, he works with a strong commitment to biodynamics and a 'hands-off' approach to vinification.
Fully Biodynamic since 2010, from 2015 Frederic has used terracotta amphorae alongside old oak and only indigenous yeast for fermentation. This emphasis on terroir and purity produce wines that have a rare quality associated with the cosmic elements, beautifully depicted on his labels. With a selection of the historic grand cru and premier cru terroir, his wines offer a complete experience for everyone with a passion for burgundy wines.
First mentioned as far back as 1120, fourteenth century Morey-Saint-Denis was a place of asylum for Cistercian monks who appeared to have possessed numerous vineyards and even a winery by 1306. The historic appellation extends from Chambolle-Musigny to Gevrey-Chambertin and covers around 148 hectares. This wine comes entirely from the Premier Cru “Les Ruchots” ('place of rocks') on the southern edge of Morey-Saint-Denis. This severely underrated 2.5 hectare jewel-box vineyard borders the legendary Grand Crus of "Le Clos de Tart" and "Bonnes-Mares". It benefits both from natural and man-made protection on all sides and iron-rich, well-draining limestone-clay soils which lends the wine a deep minerality.
With a little time in the glass, the 2018 vintage reveals itself to be savoury, lush and full of earthy aromas, deeply-woven spices, and plush dark berry fruits. A full-bodied Pinot Noir with a smoky, soulful complexity and decadent forest flora flavours that will continue to develop over time. What you are buying here is not wine, but magic.
This will elevate lamb, mushrooms, pheasant and game dishes.
Drinking Window: 2023 - 2028+