2010 Domaine Stephane Magnien "Cuvee Aux Petites Noix" Morey St. Denis 1er Cru (750ml)15 2 0 0
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is really very pretty with its aromas of essence of red pinot fruit, red currant and discreet mineral nuances. There is good punch to the medium-bodied flavors that are supported by firm but fine-grained tannins, all wrapped in a delicious, balanced, focused, detailed and solidly persistent finish. This isn't quite as elegant as the Sentiers but it's close and I very much like the delivery here. Worth a look.
This small domaine comprises only 4.5 ha but has some lovely appellations. It is currently managed by the fourth generation of the Magnien family, namely Stéphane Magnien. Coincidentally, for those subscribers who read French, there is an excellent historical work entitled "Vignerons à Gevrey-Chambertin 1847 - 1952" that was recently written by Stéphane older sister Christine. It is available from the large Beaune-based book seller Athenaeum. (9/2012)