Classic Burgundian Pinot Noir, with excellent value and an affordable price tag considering its provenance. The nose gives you strong hints of red cherries and dusty plums, along with just a hint of pine needles to add freshness to the aromas. The palate is supple and silky, with flavours of rhubarb, black cherry, and anis to bring the intensity. There is just enough of the coffee, clove, and meaty notes infused by the oak barrel to make it a classy vintage, and it's the right choice when you want something to show off to guests. As with many of the best Burgundy wines, those from Michel Magnien are produced in tiny quantities, and are highly sought after. Prices for their Grand Cru wines can be very high, but the attention to detail and winemaking skills are exactly the same for this wine as his Grand Cru, making this a great value Burgundy.
88 Points, The Wine Gang, 'Captivating, rose-garden and vanilla perfume and a supple, silky palate bathed in sweet, cherryish fruit and delicate acidity. A promising newcomer to Vintage Roots' portfolio, although the purity of the fruit is just slightly drowned out by the meaty, coffee-and-clove notes of the oak. It may settle down, but we can't help feeling that a little less oak would give a little more wine.' May 2015 (2012 vintage)
Domaine Michel Magnien
Domaine Michel Magnien has evolved into a Burgundy producer of individual style and philosophy from their cellars located in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis. Michel Magnien was born in 1946 and worked alongside his father Bernard from a young age. The Magniens sold their grapes to the local cooperative until 1993 when his son Frédéric joined the family business and persuaded his father to bottle the entire harvest themselves under their own domaine label. Frédéric also began experimenting with organic practices in the late 1990s which led him to go even further by practicing biodynamics. The entire estate was certified biodynamic by Demeter in 2015. Frédéric has also evolved the style of the wines and today élevage takes place in used oak barrels and clay jars as he does not seek a new oak influence in his wines.
The domaine’s 18 hectares are spread across the villages of Morey-Saint-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, and Vosne Romanée, with holdings in several premier cru and grand cru vineyards, including grand crus Clos de la Roche, Clos Saint-Denis, and Charmes-Chambertin. The biodynamic method aims at revitalizing and at intensifying the organic life in the vine root environment . This process has the effect of giving more life to the soil, increasing the vine's ability to reveal the true expression of its Burgundian terroir. Frédéric's hand-turned terracotta jars (amphora) are aromatically neutral and have been used in the partial ageing of wines ever since the exceptional 2015 vintage. This vessel ensures that a more appetising organic wine results - a wine that respects the purity of the fruit and the truth of its soil. The average age of the vines is 50 years. Soils are mainly calcareous clay. The manually-harvested Pinot Noir grapes are partially destemmed at various percentages depending on the site and vintage. Fermentation is spontaneous with natural yeasts. The wines are bottled without fining or filtration.