Clive Coates provides a nice description of “Les Saint Georges,” the “uncrowned” Grand Cru masquerading as a Premier Cru: “The wine is well-coloured, solid and tannic when young, and requires a decade at minimum before it even begins to round off…if you give it time, your patience will be rewarded. You will find a wine of richness, depth and concentration which will last and last, getting steadily more and more mellow and fascinating.” The Wine Advocate noted Fred Magnien’s 2001 is “jam-packed with intensely flavored blackberries that are intermingled with espresso. This effort has gorgeous depth, concentration, and balance.” Right now this wine is just singing with black truffles and spice. $100 for a prime example of the best vineyard in Nuits, with about 15 years of bottle age? Sign us up!
Frédéric Magnien is one of Burgundy’s most talented native sons. The fifth generation of a winemaking lineage born in the charming village of Morey-Saint-Denis, he produces a mind-boggling array of wines – as many as 50 separate bottlings in some years. His standards are maniacal. He’s been known to ride his bike to vineyards with a picnic lunch just to sit down and watch his growers tend their grapes. He offers a premium for the fruit so they’ll do things his way, and he wants them to know he’s paying full attention at every turn. Then it’s onto his cellar with rows of small-batch fermentation tanks and random tiny bins that seem barely capable of holding fruit. Dozens and dozens of lots from Chablis to Corton bubbling away as the mad scientist does what he was born to do. We keep going buying and recommending his wines for a very simple reason: He’s really, really good at his job.