2022 Henri Magnien Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru Estournelles Saint Jacques Magnum

2022 Henri Magnien Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru Estournelles Saint Jacques Magnum



My little star * system, which I use to connote emotional resonance of “damn this is really good”, is always tested in a range like this, where so many are really damn good…..The Estournelles is on the southern side of the Combe, which Charles sees as a wine of contrasts. It is fully southern facing, with direct exposure to the cooling wind of the Combe. It has very very poor stony soils, yet also has a little stream that runs just within it. So the hot/cold, dry/water contrasts are fundamental to him…..I found this to be plain stunning and complete between its sense of density, freshness, minerality, and overall harmonized complexity. A little * awarded here.

“(from a .33 ha holding of <55-year-old vines). This is aromatically quite similar to the Champeaux with perhaps just a bit more elegance. The mid-palate mouthfeel of the medium-bodied flavors is finer still with more minerality as well that adds a sense of lift to the moderately austere finish where the supporting tannins are firm and slightly angular. I like the balance but this will need time to round off the structure. (90-93)/2030+” Allen Meadows ————> thingy, meaning, “particularly outstanding for their respective appellations and especially merit your attention”

“An attractive crimson colour. The nose is fresh and lightly perfumed, quite floral, on this very white soil. This is fine boned rather than expansive, with still some grainy tannins behind. Will it develop in finesse or remain slightly on the light side? It is quite possible that there will be further upside to this later on. Drink from 2029-2037. Tasted: November 2023.” 91-93 Jasper Morris

“The 2022 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles St Jacques is pure and ethereal, bursting with aromas of red berries, potpourri, spices and orange rind. Medium to full-bodied, bright and satiny, with melting tannins and a mineral finish, this hillside climat has produced one of the most elegant wines in the range.” 91-93 William Kelley

“Lively, with a marl-based mineral note, the fruit is delicate with an energetic mid-palate. This has good depth, and is a beautiful wine despite 50% new oak (fortunately quite lightly toasted). From a great terroir, this is charming. Drink from 2034. (2/12/24)” 92-93 Steen Ohman, Winehog