Fifth generation winemaker Frederic Magnien knows his way around Pinot Noir and all the best spots in the Cote de Nuits. The small, southeast-facing plot at the source of this wine is named for an active cloister (the Violet Cross) that shares a stone wall with the vines, but it can’t be denied that violets also lead the way on the nose of this wine, likewise paired with stone! Which came first? And who wore it better? We’ll let you be the judge of that.
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.