GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1ER CRU CAZETIERS 2018 BY HENRI MAGNIEN
Domaine Henri Magnien has grown into one of the most prestigious properties in Gevrey-Chambertin. And if you aspire to drink the best, it’s a domaine you need to know. His wines are a bulletproof investment opportunities for your collection, a one-stop master’s degree in elite Côte de Nuits terroir, and importantly, are devastatingly delicious.
Introduced through his good friend Douglas Danielak, Magnien’s style of winemaking produces wines of incredibly purity, and depth but most significantly they drink well throughout their entire life. This ability to drink great Burgundy without waiting a decade to do so is what puts him in an exclusive group of producers with names like Bizot, Fourrier and Denis Mortet.
This wine, coming from from the mythical 2018 vintage is every bit as good as most grand cru wines of the vintage, for a fraction of the price. It has the opulence, the profound mineral depth, and the soaring aromatic range we expect from the very best red Burgundies. It’s the kind of wine you place on a table alongside other great wines of the world and it seems to just levitate above the others, lodging itself in your memory in a way very few wines can.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
94-96 Points, 5 Stars
Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy, Nov 2019
Neil Martin, Vinous Media, Jan 2020
GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1ER CRU CAZETIERS 2018: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / floral, earthy, mineral / oaked
SWEETNESS / Extra Dry
CELLARING / Drink now or cellar
BEST PAIRINGS / Cured Meat, Duck breast, Foie gras, Red Meat, Veal roasted
TASTING NOTE /
“Cazetiers is effectively Charles Magnien’s home vineyard and he knows it intimately. Since he has a whole hectare and a half, I am delighted that he makes great wine here from vines that average 65 years old. Beautifully ripe yet with a joyous balance, this absolutely fills the mouth while resolutely insisting on its mineral aftertaste.”
94-96 Points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy, Nov 2019
“The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru comes from 1.47 hectares that cover the four soil types within the vineyard; Magnien informed me that he is the only grower who has all four. The vines are Pinot Magnien and some are up to 100 years old. A gorgeous bouquet of pure black cherries, blueberry and light violet aromas bursts from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity, and lightly spiced, leading into a harmonious, persistent, mineral-driven finish. This should evolve into a gorgeous Les Cazetiers.”
93-95 Points, Neil Martin, Vinous Media, Jan 2020
THE PRODUCER: DOMAINE HENRI MAGNIEN
Domaine Henri Magnien owns many hallowed plots throughout the village, but no greater than his holdings in Cazetiers, or as the insiders call it ‘Le Petit Chambertin’. It has this name because only it and Chambertin (yes that Chambertin) has all four distinct soil types of the village. It is this complexity in the ground, that translates to the glass, but ONLY one producer has all four distinct soil types, and that is Domaine Henri Magnien.
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