2019 Frédéric Magnien Bourgogne Blanc
Certified Organic, practicing Biodynamic. All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered, with minimal sulfur additions.
For this Bourgogne Blanc, Frédéric Magnien sources fruit in part from old vines in the “Les Gravières” vineyard in Chambolle-Musigny. Additional sources are in Fixin, Marsannay, and, most notably, Meursault. Grapes are whole-cluster pressed and fermented on natural yeasts in stainless steel, followed by aging in used oak. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, and it displays a great mix of richness and tension. Aromas of yellow and green apple, citrus pith, lime blossom, and crushed white stones carry through to the palate, which is at once laser-like in focus but also deceivingly rich and rounded. Enjoy this perfectly-balanced Burgundy as an aperitif, or with fresh seafood, roasted chicken with herbs, or vegetable poutine.
Frédéric is a fifth-generation winemaker from Morey-Saint-Denis, and Burgundy is the family’s lifeblood. Learning the craft first from his father, Michel Magnien (of Domaine Michel Magnien), Fred also traveled to California and Australia to hone his talents before returning home and starting his own négociant domaine in his native village.
There’s no question that Magnien knows every nook and cranny of Burgundy by heart. As a child, he used these vineyards as his off-road bicycle course, riding through premier and grand cru plots. As a winemaker, Magnien still rides his bike through the fields to greet growers at first light; his are long-lasting partnerships based on trust and respect.