The Domaine Stephane Magnien
For many years we have been enjoying wines from Domaine Jean Paul and Stéphane Magnien. A small domaine in Morey-Saint-Denis that makes superb, subtle, and old-fashioned wines of terroir from their 4.5 hectares. This tiny Domaine was established in 1897 by Victor Magnien. In 113 years of winemaking, there has only been 4 winemakers! Victor’s son Felix, then Felix 's son Jean-Paul and Jean-Paul’s son, Stephane, who is now in charge.The domaine is proud to say that for four generations they have not used herbicides, using plowing by horse and tractor to preserve the microbial life of the soil and force the vine's roots to descend more deeply, pulling great typicity from the terroir. "Far from 'vins médiatique' you will find a subtle wine, well-structured, respecting the terroir and the vintage, with great length on the palate... all in finesse. There is a high percentage of old vines in their parcels, including a great deal of "Pinot Tordu," a small-berried, aromatic old clone of Pinot. Minimal new oak is used, about 15% for the premier and grand cru wines, and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Hand harvesting, of course, and long wild-yeast fermentation .
The Domaine has a wonderful selection of vineyard in Morey St Denis and Chambolle Musigny, right in the heart of the Cote de Nuit. They range from perfectly situated village parcels to 1er cru and Grand Cru.
The wines of Chambolle Musigny are renowned for producing beautifully fragrant and perfumed wines with incredible finesse and length of palate.
The wines of Morey St Denis combines the fineness of Chambolle Musigny and the structure of Gevrey Chambertin, they have a little more grunt and sauvage character.