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Tastings & Events

Friday, April 24
Lovely Spirits Made from Honey: Barr Hill Gin and Vodka
05:30 PM TO 08:00 PM
Saturday, April 25
Chase Granhoff Pours Indie WInes!
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 29
Book Signing: Wink Lorch is Here!
5:00 TO 7:00
Join us and Wink Lorch - author of Jura Wine: The Book and fount of knowledge on all things Jura and Savoie - to learn about and taste a lineup of delicious wines.
Thursday, April 30
Meet Your Winemaker: Steve Edmunds Pours New Releases from Edmunds St. John
5:00 PM TO 6:30 PM
Friday, May 1
Stephen Bitterolf pours new arrivals from the Mosel
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Stephen from Vom Boden will be sharing the new vintage of Lauer Barrel X and some other exciting Mosel Rieslings.
Wednesday, May 6
Meet Your Winemaker: Jesse Skyles Pours Fausse Piste
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 7
Get Involved with PM Spirits: Welcome Leo Commercio!
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Friday, May 8
Alex Miranda Pours Wines of the World
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 14
Jimmy Carbone Pours Bruichladdich Scotch
5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 27
Meet Your Winemaker: Michael Dashe Pours Dashe Cellars!
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Friday, June 5
Lovely Spirits Made from Honey: Barr Hill Gin and Vodka
05:00 PM TO 08:00 PM
Saturday, June 6
Meet Your Winemaker: Please Welcome Jo Landron (Domaine de la Louvetrie)!
4:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Thursday, June 18
Meet Your Winemaker: Denis Jamain of Domaine de Reuilly
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Stéphane Magnien

Great 2012 Burgundies from Stéphane Magnien! Dinner at Racines NY, Tuesday, May 5th!!

We were very happy to hear that a small additional quantity of Stéphane Magnien's wonderful 2012s was available, including some of the lovely 1er Cru Faconnières. These are beautiful wines that don't as yet carry the insane price tags attached to the top producers of this style of old-fashioned, elegant, understated Burgundies. The young and very capable Stéphan Magnien is the fourth generation in his family at this four hectare estate in Morey Saint-Denis. The domain has never used herbicides, doing a deep plowing to aerate the soil each winter (they changed from horse to tractor in the 1980s) and uses only organic composts. There is a high percentage of old vines, including a great deal of "Pinot Tordu," a small-berried,  aromatic old clone of Pinot. Minimal new oak is used, about 15% for the premier and grand cru wines, and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Hand harvesting, of course, and long, wild-yeast fermentations. This modest young winemaker is producing beautifully elegant wines, with minimal efforts to extract. Relatively light in body, the wines are aromatically extremely lovely and they are wonderfully balanced, with gorgeous pure fruit, saline minerality and bright acidity indicating great potential for aging. Although 2012 was a "difficult" vintage for the growers, the very low yields produced wines with moderate alcohol, good fruit concentration and great terroir expression in the hands of growers like Stéphan Magnien - we urge you to try them.

Please join us at Racines NY on Tuesday May 5th as we taste through the beautiful 2012s of Stephane Magnien while enjoying the fabulous cuisine of Chef Frédéric Duca and team. We'll drink all the wines in today's email including the 2007 "Petites Noix" and the two 2012 Grand Crus, in order to appreciate the elegance and terroir expression of these lovely wines. Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 Racines NY, 94 Chambers Street. $150 inclusive of tax and tip.

Magnien, Stephane 2012 Bourgogne Aligoté

This is a bracing, rocky, earthy Aligoté with a Muscadet-like nose of seashells and lime pith. It's full-textured, but very low in alcohol (11.5%), as though all the wine's texture on the palate comes from mineral. Smoky, saline, and briny, the wine is arrestingly crisp and high acid. The wine is intensely limey on the palate, and opens up nicely over a day in the fridge. Drink this with oysters! MSB

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $15.99

Magnien, Stephane 2012 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain Cuvée Densité

This is a great Bourgogne Passetoutgrain from the young and very capable Stephane Magnien, whose great vineyard work and un-forced vinifications are producing superb, elegant Burgundies. The 2012 Cuvée Densité is from older vines of Pinot Noir and Gamay and gets a longer élevage than his "regular" Passetoutgrain. The palate is round and elegant with cherry and strawberry compote but it's well-balanced and refreshing with nice finishing acidity—really a lovely everyday Burgundy at a great price! Serve cool and enjoy.

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $16.99

Magnien, Stephane 2012 Morey-Saint-Denis

The young Stephane Magnien is becoming widely known for his elegant, unforced, old-fashioned Burgundies and his delicious "village" Morey-Saint-Denis is an outstanding value. High-toned aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, violet and blood orange with lovely depth and persistence. The palate is medium-bodied with a mineral center, really showing the terroir followed by earthy black fruits and saline acidity that continue on the long stony finish. This may lack the weight of the superb 2010, but the bright subtle fruit and great terroir-expression make this an excellent choice as well. Lovely now, best in five to ten years.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $41.99

Magnien, Stephane 2012 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Cuvée "Aux Petites Noix"

From mixed limestone and clay soils in premier crus Clos Baulet and Les Gruenchers, which bracket Clos Sorbe beneath the village of Morey-Saint-Denis. Another lovely wine from Stephane Magnien. Ruby in color and medium-bodied. This is quite perfumed immediately upon opening; red fruits and flowers dominate. Wild strawberry, red plums, dried rose aromas are followed by hints of bergamot and spices. The energetic palate balances ripeness and structure. There is lovely rich fruit here with offsetting earthiness. The dry extract and ripeness buffer ripe tannins and there is a beautiful purity of fruit. The finish is long and complex with discreet oak. Enjoyable now, but should become lovely with a few years in the cellar. JCM

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

Magnien, Stephane 2012 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières

Les Faconnières is one of the best 1er Crus in Morey-St-Denis, situated on thin soils just below Clos-de-la-Roche. The Magniens' parcel is primarily old vines. The 2012 shows elegant, deep strawberry/blackberry aromas with hints of violet and earth. Great ripeness on the palate, dense but light-on-its-feet with black and red fruits, blood orange, licorice and earth with chalky minerals. Supple, bright and balanced this is a superb glass of Burgundy that's enjoyable in it's youth but best 2020 to 2035.

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $67.99

Magnien, Stephane 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

This is a superb "Sentiers" showing similarly to the 2010 with a bit more aromatic brightness and acidity. Elegant high-toned aromas of wild-strawberry, violet, cherry, graphite, thyme and stone. Intense palate with bright acidity with velvety, chalky texture. Black cherry, citrus, brown spice and earth with fabulous length and mineral notes lingering long on the palate. A beautiful wine that can be enjoyed immensely now, best in five to twenty years...

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $132.99

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  • 0 in stock
  • $125.99

Apr 23 2015
Great Growths and Great Owls: Top Wines from Lauer and Weiser-Künstler
2013 in the Mosel was tricky, a vintage made difficult primarily from rain during the harvest, but if there is one takeaway from the story of the vintage, it's that results varied widely from grower to grower -- and it's possible that Florian Lauer made the best 2013ers of anyone in the r
Apr 22 2015
Please Welcome Wink Lorch! Book Signing, Jura Tasting, and Savoie Dinner
Wink Lorch’s wine writing career spans 25 years, with half of them exclusively covering the Jura. Her self-published Jura Wine: The Book is hands-down the most complete guide in English to the wines of the region. She does not come to New York City often, so we are very excited to be hostin
Apr 21 2015
Time for Another Installment of Look What We Found in the (Piedmont) Cellar!
Here are a few new arrivals, and also some fine finds in the cellar here. As always, we guarantee the condition of each bottle.There are some older wines from producers we admire but hardly ever see, like Guido Porro, Rizzi, Scarzello...
Apr 20 2015
Single-Vineyard Champagne
Once, the vineyards of Champagne were simply divided into the wines of the mountain and the wines of the river.  During the winters of the Little Ice Age (16c-19c), these wines, particularly those of the river, would often experience stuck fermentations. Spring’s warmth would restart t
Apr 17 2015
Spring is Here (Maybe) - Our First Crop of Rosés!
The migrating birds recently arrived in New York seem a bit tentative with their songs of Spring, doubting perhaps that the dreadful winter of 2014/2015 is finally behind us. But we are optimistic and are begining to look forward to those warm spring and summer evenings enjoying a tasty ros&eacut
Apr 16 2015
An Evening with Steve Edmunds at King Bee!
Since its founding in 1985, the Edmunds St. John label has stood for balanced, low-alcohol, and terroir-expressive wines from some of the most unique and well farmed vineyards in the state of California (Fenaughty, Witters, and Barsotti to name a few). Winemaker Steve Edmunds spent decades a
Apr 15 2015
Lilian Duplessis - The New Generation of Chablis!
Organic farming and natural winemaking are not the first things to come to mind when thinking of Chablis. Industrial farming is commonplace, with chemical pesticides and mechanical harvesting in the vines and lab yeasts and other winemaking tricks in the cellar. There are, however, a few producer
Apr 13 2015
Learning to Love VinItaly
We’re kind of learning to love VinItaly. Yes, it’s crowded, sometimes with inebriated sightseers who make it extra-hard to navigate. Yes, the food sucks, but that’s hardly why you go. True, the bathrooms are a topic to avoid – literally, if possible. But it’s excitin
Apr 10 2015
Jefferson's Bourbon - Chambers Street Style
  We continue our Bourbon odyssey with a special selection from Trey Zoeller’s fantastic Jefferson’s label. Jefferson’s is unlike other Bourbon, because instead of distilling they focus on purchasing the best barrels possible from other producers to create superb, ultra
Apr 10 2015
Piedmont Week - Friday - Cavallotto
In the opinion of this map-loving wine geek, Alessandro Masnaghetti, the author of the map pictured above, would already be Sir Alessandro, as he has performed extraordinary services for his country – if only Italy had knighthoods. Masnaghetti’s ever-expanding library of vineyard maps