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2002 Frederic Magnien - Morey St Denis Les Ruchots 1er Cru

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / MOREY-SAINT-DENIS
  • 92 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 75641-2002-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    ($60) Bright red-ruby. Wild small dark berries, cola, brown spices and bitter chocolate on the nose. Juicy, brisk and penetrating, with youthful, sharply defined flavors of dark berries, pepper and sassafras. Dense, lively and gripping, with a firmly tannic finish and subtle, lingering flavors of brown spices and earth.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    A mix of red and black fruit flavors picks up oak spice notes, all matched to a suave, youthful frame. Ripe tannins resonate on the finish. Needs time to integrate all its elements. 250 cases made.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Rating: 92

    Violets and black cherries are found in the nose of the lush, soft 2002 Morey-St.-Denis Les Ruchots. This sensual, medium-bodied wine offers sexy layers of sweet red cherries. It is pure, seductive, and sports a long, opulent, fruit-packed finish.
    Author: Pierre Rovani
  • Rating: 89

    A much earthier and riper black fruit nose merges into stylish, rich and sweet flavors supported by buried tannins and a long sweet finish. This is lovely in a rather fruit forward fashion.
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2004
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  • A fifth-generation winemaker from a family of well-respected vignerons, Maison Frederic Magnien established his negociant label in 1995. In the early days, he utilized his father's connections to form relationships with growers in Morey-Saint-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Chambolle-Musigny. Having studied in California and Australia, Magnien produces Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are modern in style, demonstrating bright, pure fruit.

    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

    • 62 bottles owned
    • 26 collectors