The Michel Magnien Gevrey Chambertin Aux Echézaux plot is sandwiched between the Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin and the Premier Cru Clos des Ormes. And you can taste it in the glass. The current owner and fifth generation Frédéric Magnien is called the ‘alchemist of the Côte d’Or’, who combines talent with terroir. Alchemist? Probably because since 2010 he swears by a holistic biodynamic method, in which the moon plays a very important role, among other things. Burgundy is a unique patchwork of different terroirs that the best winemakers magically transform into refined wines with individuality. As Pinot Noir is such a grape that can only stand out in the right place and in the hands of attentive and ambitious perfectionists. Bourgogne and Frédéric meet all requirements and excellent pinot noir is made here. The fact that the domain has been fully biodynamic since 2010 contributes to the quality of the wine. And in Burgundy he is not alone, the prestigious Domaine de la Romanée Conti also follows the same principles.
Since 2010 the domain uses a completely biodynamic method. That means that human intervention in the vineyard and cellar is minimal to even zero. Only in this way can the terroir be fully expressed according to the makers: ‘nature is in control here, we are only accompanying her. The wine expresses the harmony between us both. The winemakers also follow the rhythm of the moon, because it influences all the liquid on earth. In the cellars, the Magnien family uses not only barriques but also terracotta barrels. After all, wood influences the taste of the wine, while terracotta gives no flavour influence. This Domaine Michel Magnien Gevrey Chambertin Aux Echezeaux comes from the classic year of 2015 which gives these wines with a lot of finesse and definition. Frivolous aromas of juicy red fruit persist in the mouth where they are assisted by more earthy notes. A nice glass that can tolerate some years in the bottle.