Domaine Henri Magnien's Super 2014 Ruchottes-Chambertin

 

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Domaine Henri Magnien Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 - a wine that teases with the many nuances that waft from the glass....
 
When I first visited Domaine Henri Magnien a few years ago it was a genuine "undiscovered" domaine. I purchased a serious amount of their 2014's even though there were zero reviews from the English-speaking critics. I remember Charles Magnien thanking me several times for my confidence in his wines. It was easy - they were seriously good.

A few years down the track and how things have changed. The British critics (more proactive than some Americans who know a good label when they see it) are now onto the domaine and the reviews are tremendous. Tim Atkin MW and Jancis Robinson both glowingly review Domaine Henri Magnien. Tim Atkin lists the domaine as one of his "Top 25 Producers to Watch".

Our 2014's arrived and I failed to write up my barrel tasting notes in good time. Last week, whilst offering the 2015 and 2016 Ruchottes-Chambertin I noticed that the 2014 on our website had no reviews. 
We had 24 bottles in stock so I decided the best course of action was to open a bottle and taste the wine. My tasting note is below.

Ruchottes-Chambertin is one of the smallest Grand Crus with a total area of just 3.30 hectares (compare that to Chambertin 12.90 hectares and Clos de Beze 15.40 hectares). 

The vineyard is divided into two parts - an upper and lower - with the added element of a Clos in the upper part. There does not seem to be any great difference in style or quality, although I have heard some winemakers say that the Clos is a little too shadowed by the forest above.

The name Ruchottes comes from the small rocks found in the soil which add minerality and freshness to the wine.

Ruchottes is one of the Grand Crus with the fewest owners - just 8 (compared to around 80 in Clos Vougeot) - and we are delighted to have two of the smallest in our portfolio - Domaine Marchand-Grillot and Domaine Henri Magnien.

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Domaine Henri Magnien have 0.16 hectares (two parcels marked number 6 on the map above). These tiny holdings mean production is very small and often a special barrel must be made each year to accommodate the wine.

Founded in 1987 and located in Gevrey-Chambertin Domaine Henri Magnien is tiny with just 6 hectares of super vineyards.

The 2014 is the first of a brilliant run of Ruchottes-Chambertin from the domaine. In 15-20 years when we sit down and taste the Grand Crus of this decade it will be interesting to see which vintage comes out on top. Will it be 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 or something yet to be made? All four are superb vintages.

The silky, complex 2014 is a wine to cellar. To entice you I have a special price for today only. I offer the wine at a 25% discount. Trust me, it is a beauty!

Domaine Henri Magnien Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014
Normal Price $520.00
Special $390.00 (Save 25%)
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Magnien Ruchottes Label border Darren Harris: Bright garnet colour. Nose of wild strawberries, soft spices - cloves, nutmeg, vanilla - and a saline tang not unlike a fine seriously aged balsamic vinegar. It is restrained yet multi layered. With air notes of flowers and dry citrus rind emerge - quite Chambolle-like in their elegance, purity and balance. Wood spice and mineral-earthy aromas follow. There are tannins but they are beautifully coated like a top handmade chocolate. This is a fine and introverted wine that teases with the many nuances that waft from the glass. Quite beautiful now but so promising.

Domaine Henri Magnien Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
Normal Price $520.00
Pre Arrival Price $442.00 (Save 15%)
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Magnien Ruchottes Label NV Tim Atkin MW: 
One of three major winemaking Magnien families in Burgundy, Francois Magnien and his son Charles are, uniquely, based in Gevrey-Chambertin. There are only two barrels of this new oak aged Ruchottes, but it's an outstanding wine that crowns a very good range. Subtle, racy and finely balanced, it combines wild strawberry notes with very well handled vanilla spice. 2024-2032. 95 Points

Darren Harris: Two barrels, both new. The domaine has two parcels, one at the top and one at the bottom. Each are a mere 0.08 hectares with a vine age of 50+ years. Red-garnet in colour. Refined nose of Kirsch, minerals, earth and spice. Restrained yet rich. Intence yet light. Elegance personified! A wine to ponder as it sits in the glass. By no means a blockbuster, Magnien's Ruchottes is detailed and stylish. A super model, not a body builder. A rare beauty!
Domaine Henri Magnien Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015
Normal Price $520.00
Special $442.00 (Save 15%)
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Magnien Ruchottes Label NV Darren Harris: From two parcels, one in the upper and one in the lower, each of 0.08 hectares with an average vine age of 50 years. Two and a half barrels made. Liquored cherries, kirsch, minerals. Deeply flavoured, finely textured, multi-layered and beautifully detailed. Power and grace. Super length. This wine shows the class and style Ruchottes attains in a top vintage.
To view and purchase the wines on line click here. You may also order by email to luke@grandmillesime.com.au or by telephone. The 2014 and 2015 are in stock. The 2016 is Pre Arrival.

To view the full range of Domaine Henri Magnien wines available click here.
Cheers,
Darren 

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Domaine Marchand-Grillot Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
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The Rarest Ruchottes-Chambertin of all

The owner with the smallest Ruchottes-Chambertin holding is Domaine Marchand-Grillot who have a tiny 0.08 hectare slice (number 8 on the map at left). This enables them to make just one barrel in most vintages.
 
But, oh what a wine it is. Last month I had the pleasure of tasting the 2016 at the domaine. The wine had been bottled just 10 days prior. It is a super follow up to the equally magnificent 2015 (which has sold out).
 
Darren Harris: Nose of red-black fruits, minerals and a little new oak spice. The multitude of layers begins draw you in, makes you think. The palate is silky, complex and beguiling - a continuation of the nose. The fruit is fresh, elegant and concentrated, culminating with a peacock's tail as the wine opens up. Very stylish indeed. A lovely example from this fine Grand Cru vineyard. Only 300 bottles produced.

Landed Price $689.95
Pre Arrival Price $517.50 (Save 25%)

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