You can make Chardonnay anywhere in the world, but you can only make a Côte de Nuits in France. Fred’s got a line on some great vineyard sources in this wonderland, and this rare 2015 Chardonnay has high acidity, notes of granny smith apples, chalk, button mushrooms, and mountain stream water. We’re hooked, and soon you will be too.
Frédéric Magnien is a fifth-generation winemaker from Morey-Saint-Denis, and Burgundy is the family’s lifeblood. He first learned winemaking from his father, Michel Magnien (of Domaine Michel Magnien), then Fred traveled to California and Australia to hone his talents before returning home and starting his own négociant domaine. Unlike many of the larger négociants (bottlers), Fred buys fruit—from organically farmed vineyards—rather than finished wine. His standards are maniacal. These are professionally made, vibrant, thoroughly modern expressions of Burgundy with great purity of fruit.