2012 Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Clos de la Perrière, Domaine Sébastien Magnien

2012 Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Clos de la Perrière, Domaine Sébastien Magnien

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2012 Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Clos de la Perrière, Domaine Sébastien Magnien


Burgundy 2012 En Primeur - Best Value
Far more serious than any Hautes Côtes de Beaune wine I have tasted, there is a fantastic core of black fruit here. Very well poised and fresh.
Fergus Stewart, Fine Wine

Red earth on limestone provides the backdrop to this excellent vineyard. Rich and bright purple in colour, this has an absolutely beautiful first nose, almost Côte de Nuits-like in character. The flavours sit on the cusp of red and black fruits yet with a delicious freshness. There is really impressive weight and length, given the lowly appellation.
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director

Young Sébastien made an interesting comment while we tasted: “My training as an oenologist has persuaded me to work even harder in the vines”. This is becoming a very impressive address, even if the appellations are not the grandest. The whites are now in tank, awaiting bottling in the early spring. The reds receive longish macerations with not much punching down and a maximum of 25% new wood. Don’t let your eyes slide straight on to more established names before taking a good look at these, from the cracking Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Clos de la Perrière upwards. Across the cellar the yield in 2012 was a meagre 26 hl/ha.
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Sebastien Magnien

Sebastien Magnien

No relation to the Côte de Nuits Magniens, young Sébastien comes instead from Meloisey in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune – a village whose wines were as well thought of as those of Volnay in the 14th century, and were served at the coronation of King Philip II Augustus in 1180.

However to be in the thick of things Sébastien has transferred headquarters to revamped cellars in the middle of Meursault. White wines come from the Hautes Côtes, St Romain and Meursault, the red wines from Volnay, Pommard and the Hautes Côtes including an excellent Clos des Perrières from Meloisey.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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