Domaine Michael Magnien Gevery-Chambertin Les Seuvrees Pinot Noir Burgundy Cote de Nuits 2019
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Burghound Wine Review
Domaine Michel Magnien
Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Seuvrées Vieilles Vignes"
Villages Red barrel
Score: 88-91 Burghound
Tasted: Jan 10, 2021
Producer note: Frédéric Magnien described 2019 as one that "was relatively easy to manage even if there were moments of concern during a period of frost risk and an intensely dry summer. We really didn't have much hydric stress in our vines but I confess to being concerned about it as conditions were bone dry at points. Otherwise it was pretty straightforward and I began picking on the 11th of September under essentially perfect conditions. Because I wanted to pick as quickly as possible, I hired extra pickers and divided them into 3 groups so we could be everywhere exactly when it was necessary. The team brought in super-clean fruit, in fact it was even cleaner than 2018, which was already incredibly clean. The fact that the fruit was so clean also enabled us to pick quickly as there was basically no sorting. Potential alcohols were good without being really high at between 12.5 and 13.8% and I used between 10 and 75% whole clusters. The acidities have held up as well because even after the malos the pHs averaged 3.5 and that's just about ideal. As to the wines, they're fresher than the 2018s with excellent terroir transparency and development potential." I would call readers attention to the range of Morey 1ers as they're particularly good in 2019. I've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating that Magnien has become arguably the leading specialist in Burgundy in the use of amphorae and jarres (the difference is essentially one of size) during the élevage. Others, such as Pousse d'Or and Jean-Marie Fourrier, are experimenting with them as well though Magnien has made them an essential part of his approach. For example, many of these offerings were raised with significant proportions of amphorae that averaged around 50% with the rest in traditional casks. Magnien believes the amphorae better preserve the freshness and they obviously do not mark the wines with toast or vanilla characteristics. Note: there is often confusion relating to the difference between the wines of Domaine Michel Magnien and those of Frédéric Magnien. All the wines are made by Frédéric and thus the difference between the two names is one only of grape sources. The Domaine Michel Magnien wines are from vines owned directly by Michel (Frédéric's father). All of the wines labeled as Frédéric Magnien (see directly above) are from purchased grapes (not from purchased must or wine, an important distinction). (Winebow, Inc., www.winebow.com, NJ, USA; Charles Taylor Wines, www.charlestaylorwines.com, UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
Tasting note: A distinctly earthy and sauvage-inflected nose grudgingly offers up its aromas of mostly wild dark berries and forest floor. There is even better volume to the punchier and more powerful medium weight flavors that possess both better density as well as better depth and persistence. Solid quality here in a package that should reward mid-term keeping.