Domaine Michel Magnien has evolved into a Burgundy producer of a singular style and philosophy from cellars located in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis. In 1993, Frédéric Magnien persuaded his father Michel to begin domaine bottling. The domaine is now certified biodynamic by Demeter and the wines are produced without the use of new oak
The domaine’s 45 acres are spread across the villages of Morey-Saint-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, and Vosne Romanée, with holdings in several premier cru and grand cru vineyards. These include the grand crus Clos de la Roche, Clos Saint-Denis, and Charmes-Chambertin. Frédéric Magnien maintains an average vine age of 50 years
Morey-Saint-Denis Chaffots 1er Cru sits above the grand cru of Clos-Saint-Denis where vines grow in steep and rocky soil. The name Les Chaffots comes from the word “échafaud” or “scaffold,” possibly a place where executions took place. The wine is a pure expression of its terroir thanks to its élevage in a combination of used oak and clay jars.
Les Chaffot’s higher elevation results in a wine with bright acidity and a leaner profile than Clos-Saint-Denis which sits below it. The vineyard’s soil is like that of Clos de la Roche, and its rocky terroir delivers a slightly austere wine with a strong mineral backbone.
Red Burgundy might be the world’s most flexible food wine. The wine’s high acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, and low tannins make it very food-friendly. Red Burgundy, with its earthy and sometimes gamey character, is a classic partner to roasted game birds, grilled duck breast, and dishes that feature mushrooms, black truffles, or are rich in umami.