This is a very very cool new acquisition for Charles, a monopole site in the overlooked old vine treasure trove known as Brochon. For all intents and purposes, Brochon is Gevrey Chambertin; it is a quirk of historical tax avoidance that it was not granted appellation status of its own, which is definitely merited. I thought that the balance here, of particularly focused and fine character, with redder than black fruits, gorgeous floral intensity, and an overall sense of delicacy and refinement that I think is pure soothing class in a glass. This should be a value hounds hop up and down delight. Get what you can justify, and thank me later. A little * awarded here. Fwiw, I think that the critics are being too hierarchical in their scoring, sort of “refusing” to give a Côte de Nuits villages anything above 90, which I think it very very much deserves. Label lickers need not apply.
“Charles Magnien is thrilled to have a fermage agreement for this half hectare clos of 45 year old vines, named for a mid 18th century soldier and pirate. His first vintage shows a delightful crimson purple colour. The nose is very sensual on the cusp of red and black fruit, while maintaining precision. A fresh crunchy finish. A very interesting debut. Drink from 2024-2027. Tasted: November 2022” 88-90 Jasper Morris “Four Star” wine
“(a .50 ha monopole that is planted in a north to south orientation). This is also aromatically extremely fresh, airy and pretty with its layered nose of red currant, cherry and slightly less evident earth nuances. The succulent, round and utterly delicious medium weight flavors flash good minerality on the linear and youthfully austere but not strict finale. (87-89)/2026+” Allen Meadows
“The 2021 Côte de Nuits villages Queue de Harange Clos François Thurot (a bit of a mouthful) is named after a superb lieu dit, a monopoly of 0.50 hectares of 45 year old vines. It is aged in 25% new oak. This has an intriguing bouquet, the red fruit infused with subtle gravely scents. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins. This is very well balanced with tart red cherries and hints of cassis, moderate depth with a tangy finish. Delightful.” 88-90 Neil Martin.