We have been so impressed by the 2019s from Henri Magnien, and after trying a bottle of the Champerrier this past weekend, we thought it was worth a spin. As we have mentioned before, the Domaine is currently run by the 12th generation of the Magnien family, Charles, who continues the legacy of this Gevrey estate, producing some of the best wines to bare the Magnien name. Charles took the helm in 2009, tirelessly working in the vineyards to improve quality, following mainly organic practices but not outside the realm of Lutte Raisonee.
Many of these sites have old vines, and in the case of the Champerrier, the vines are 55+ years old and planted on crinoidal limestone soil (limestone with lots of fossilized sea creatures). It is a beautiful vineyard-driven Gevrey-Chambertin that represents another incredible red Burgundy value. Aromas of red and blue fruits, minerals, underbrush, and eastern spices soar from the glass. The palate is quite dense but not heavy, with notes of ripe berries, tons of dry extract, and a wonderful lingering and powerful finish. This will be the last Henri Magnien 2019 we will offer, and it's a knock-out Gevrey Chambertin, so don't miss it!
Jasper Morris 90-93 pts! "Intense purple centre, with a powerful modern intensity that hides the detail on the nose at first. The fruit is even more sensual than the Gevrey vieilles vignes in the mouth, though with ripe deep cherry notes, some rather tight acidity and a good suave finish."
Burghound 90-92 pts! "A notably ripe but agreeably fresh and earthy nose speaks of cassis, violet and plum that is trimmed in discreet but not invisible oak. There is outstanding richness to the impressively concentrated and generously proportion flavors that are shaped by a moderately firm tannic spine that belies just a hint of rusticity on the lingering finish where the only reproach is a nuance of warmth. This is a really good Gevrey villages. (Drink starting 2027)"