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2000 Domaine Michel Magnien Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / MOREY-SAINT-DENIS
  • 90 WA
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 48095-2000-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($145) Saturated red-ruby. Reduced but sappy aromas of crushed dark berries, gunflint, mocha and peppery spices. Dense, sweet and primary, with concentrated but somewhat unforthcoming black fruit flavors. Still quite youthfully bound up, and hiding more than it's revealing today. But there's excellent density here, and the finish is ripely tannic and quite long. (Unfortunately, my sample of Magnien's Clos de la Roche was corked.)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2003
  • Rating: 90

    The firm, structured 2000 Clos Saint-Denis boasts a nose of blackberries and cassis. Medium-bodied, it is extracted, reveals extraordinary concentration (particularly given the vintage), and a muscular character. Juicy blackberries can be discerned in its backward, intense personality. Traces of alcoholic warmth were detected in the finish.
    Author: Pierre Rovani
  • Rating: 89

    Dark, dense, earthy fruit with medium weight flavors of outstanding complexity and really impressive balance and purity. This appears to offer excellent potential to improve and is more classic in style though the tannins are surprisingly rustic and it's not clear that there is sufficient mid-palate density to completely integrate the tannins over time. Be sure to decant this first.
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2003
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  • Michael Magnien wines offer the Burgundy enthusiast a great opportunity to experience the refined extraction and elegant concentration of Pinot Noir. Michel comes from a long line of Burgundy artisans and owns 27 acres of grand cru, premier cru and village vineyards. He sold off the majority of his crop until 1992, when he started bottling most of the harvest. In 1994, at the urging of his son Frederic, he decided to bottle the whole harvest and thus it remains to this day. He is a leader in terroir-driven Pinot and deals in purity. His wines are sleek yet commanding, and flood the senses with waves of berry and cherry in a sea of perfumed and exotic spices.

    Click here to listen to GrapeRadio's podcast about Magnien (Show #93, 32:01 min 15 MB)

    See other similar producers:Domaine Armand Rousseau,Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot,Domaine Claude Dugat

    Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

    Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

    Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

    New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

    High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 9 bottles owned
    • 6 collectors