Generous purple colour, with a much fuller nose. This has a smoothness and an amplitude that the Coutière does not. The style has gone just across the border into black fruit territory, a form of dark raspberry with a little fresh acidity to finish.
(90-92) points, Inside Burgundy (October 2020)
Another success is the 2019 Corton Grand Cru Grandes Lolières, a full-bodied, muscular wine that's one of the more primary, slow-evolving cuvées in the cellar. Evocative of cherries, smoke, soil tones, cassis, spices and plums, it's rich and layered, with lively acids and a deft patina of oak.
93 points, Wine Advocate (January 2021)
The 2019 Corton Les Grandes Lolières Grand Cru, a new fermage, is completely destemmed. It has a very well-defined nose of mineral-driven red berry fruit, quite focused and precise. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fleshy and rounded in the mouth, leading to a sweet, candied orange peel and allspice-tinged finish. Quite seductive for a Corton. Give it 3–4 years in bottle.
92+ points, Vinous (December 2020)
Solid and opulent, Corton is a Bourgogne’s iconic - highly complex, impressively mouth-filling in a way that is at once sensual and structured.
While the Magnien family has been operating in Burgundy since the mid-1600s, Domaine Henri Magnien et Fils was established in 1987 by Henri for himself, his son François and his grandson Charles. After working side-by-side with his father, Charles took the reins in 2009 and is now considered to be in the vanguard of the young, energetic winemakers in the Gevrey-Chambertin and the Côte de Nuits.
Domaine Henri Magnien is a small family-owned and run estate of a mere six hectares of vineyard holdings. What they lack in hectarage they make up for in undoubted Gevrey-Chambertin quality. The Magnien family’s inexorable march to organic viticulture has been going for years with around 80% already complete. Charles, considered to be one of Burgundy’s rising stars, employs Selection Massale, or Massal Selection, to plant his more recent vineyards with cutting selections made from 70 to 100-year-old vines. These clonal selections are known as Pinot Magnien (the family has been around for a while) and are widely considered to be the best in the appellation. They are much sought-after and used by the likes of Jérôme Galeyrand.
The Domaine also has many of the very best vineyards, including Lavaux Saint-Jacques, Les Cazetiers and Ruchottes-Chambertin.