Sebastien Magnien Pommard Les Perrieres 2-Pack
Vintages: 2010, 2011
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Domaine Sebastien Magnien 2010 and 2011 2-Pack Pommard Les Perrieres
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
VINTAGE: 2010 and 2011
GRAPE: Pinot Noir
REGION: Cote de Beaune
There is a new generation of young winemakers in Burgundy that are making cutting edge wines in the Cote de Beaune. Years from now Magnien will be compared to other top Pommard producers like Maurice Giraud. In Roy Cloud’s entertaining book “To Burgundy and back again” he speaks of his favorable impressions of the young and talented winemaker Vincent Dancer, and it reminds me of Sebastien Magnien and his promising future. I first met Sebastien on the day of the 2012 Paulee De Meursault marathon lunch. I visited with him at his picturesque Domaine in Meursault and have since returned to sample his more recent releases. In 2004, Magnien took over the family estate, soon after graduating from Dijon's prestigious oenology school. He grew up in the wine industry and had an incredible thirst for knowledge visiting wineries around the world including the top wineries in Napa and Sonoma. While he loves his 11s, he takes particular pride in his 2010 Les Perrieres Pommard as one of the best vintages he has produced. The vines of Les Perrieres face south-east, are 30 years old, and located just below the famous 1er Cru vineyards of Les Grands Epenots and Les Petits Epenot. Sebastien farms his nearly 25-acre estate sustainably and is extremely attentive to vineyard management and green harvesting. His meticulous attention to detail and natural precision is clearly reflected in the high quality of his wines. The 2010 has perfumed and provocative aromatics of vivid fruit including dark cherries, pomegranate, red licorice, red flowers and plum. The palate is sumptuous and full bodied with black cherries, black raspberries, dark plum, and mocha with touches of spiced minerality, vanilla and violets. The tannins are clearly defined and will prove quite supple as this concentrated Pinot Noir evolves and gains complexity. This wine is made for the long haul and deserves some bottle age and will drink nicely for many years. A suave finish with nice length. 2010 was a 'terroir driven' year in that the naturally low yields favored the expression of each different parcel's unique characteristics. The 2011 vintage is actually ready to drink earlier and it has mouthwatering red fruit including wild strawberries, minerality and red currants with plum and an appellation driven spice box. It should be fun to try these two vintages side by side. These wines will drink well for at least another 15 years and get better with age. These are beautiful wines to pair with unique Burgundian meals including shrimp in a curry cream sauce, Oeufs en meurette (poached eggs in red wine), Cod with ginger potatoes in Pinot Noir sauce, duck breast in a cherry liqueur sauce, medallions of veal with langoustine and pistachio and a chocolate and chestnut Mousse.
Harvest: Late Sept 2010. Handpicked, hand sorted, destemmed and destalked.
Vinification: Traditional (long), almost 4 weeks after a short cold soak, with regular punching down of the floating cap.
Barrel Ageing: 15 months in 30% new Allier oak then 3 months in stainless steel. Bottled unfined, unfiltered early Spring 2012.
Food Pairing: Varied dishes such as Coq au vin, poulet de Bresse, boeuf bourguignon and grilled wild salmon. Citeaux and Delice de Pommard cheese, also soft goats' cheeses and Reblochon.
Harvest: The first week of September, hand picked, hand sorted, destemmed, sustainably grown vines. After over 2 weeks fermentation in open vats with regular punching down, the wine is barrel aged (1/3 new oak) for 16 months and a further 2 months in vats prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered early 2013.
Drinking Window: Now-2024.
Food Pairing: Grilled swordfish or salmon. Beef Bourguignon, Delices de Pommard, Citeaux or Epoisses cheeses.
[Info provided by J.H.N]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.