The wines of Frederic Magnien make for a wonderful exploration of Burgundy. He is committed to maintaining a purity of fruit and dedication to terroir that makes every glass an expression of the clay-limestone soil and ripe chardonnay grapes. This 2017 bottle from Magnien’s premier cru Chassagne-Montrache is a delight paired with lobster on a warm night.
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.