Tasting the Wines
When you’re tasting these together concentrate on:
- The different flavours and aromas. Are they red fruits, or darker fruits, is the a perfumed floral note or an earthiness.
- The texture, feeling in your mouth, do the tannins run in a fine line along your tongue or are the broader accross your tongue. Are they just at the front of your mouth or along the full length.
There’s other things to consider like balance, freshness, style. Focusing on the two elements above will highlight the most significant differences between the wines.
Two things about Burgundy:
- All of the vineyards in Burgundy have been named
- All have been classified according to the quality of fruit they are capable of producing.
From top to bottom the quality classifications are:
- Grand Cru – Specific single vineyards of the highest classification. Only 1% of production. You’ll know you’re looking at a “Grand Cru” if it is written on the label in addition to the specific vineyard where the fruit came from.
- Premier Cru – Specific single vineyards. Combined with Village wines making 48% of production. You’ll know you’re looking at a “Premier Cru” or “1er Cru” if it’s written on the label in addition to the specific vineyard where the fruit came from.
- Village – Fruit from a specific sub-region ie the village of Puligny-Montrachet that is better than Bourgogne standard, but, not good enough to be classified Premier Cru. Village wine will generally only have the name of the Village written on the label. Some times they will have a vineyard name on the label if there is something special about the particular vineyard the fruit is sourced from.
- Bourgogne – Fruit from anywhere in Burgundy. 51% of production. Bourgogne wine will have just Bourgogne written on the label and in a shift from tradition to aid export markets sometimes the variety, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. They will never have a specific vineyard name on them.
The best bit of Burgundy is a thin strip running from North to South around 50km in length, to the South East of Paris.
Both of the Villages, Morey-Saint-Denis, and, Chambolle-Musigny reside in the best bit!
If you want to now more about classification ready the Wine Bites Mag Article ‘Getting Your Head Around Burgundy Part 1 – Vineyards, Classifications & Villages’.
In the video below we taste through a Few of the 2015 Magnien’s & explore the differences between the three Villages, Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint-Denis, and, Gevrey- Chambertin. FYI, the Charmes-Chambertin tasted in the video has started to settle and my initial concerns around ripeness are well and truly a distant memory! Unfortunately, it’s all sold out!
Stéphane Magnien’s Vineyards
The Domaine has a wonderful selection of vineyard in Morey St Denis and Chambolle Musigny, right in the heart of the Cote de Nuit. They range from perfectly situated Village parcels to 1er Cru and Grand Cru.
About the Wines of Morey-Saint-Denis
The wines of Morey combine the softness and finesse of a Chambolle Musigny with the structure of Gevrey-Chambertin, they have a little more grunt and sauvage character.
About the Wines of Chambolle-Musigny
The wines of Chambolle Musigny are renowned for producing beautifully fragrant and perfumed wines with incredible finesse and length of palate.