About the Winery
Frédéric Magnien is the 5th generation of winemakers in his family. Frédéric studied at the viticultural Lycée in Beaune (Burgundy), while helping his father in the vineyards and cellars in his spare time. He then devoted himself to the Michel Magnien estate in Morey-Saint-Denis working alongside his father from 1987 to 1991. Keen to expand his knowledge, he left to work abroad in 1992, spending 4 months in California on Josh Jensen’s Calera estate and 6 months in Australia with Garry Farr on the Bannockburn Vineyard estate. Returning home in time for the 1993 harvest, he enrolled at the University of Dijon where he obtained his degree in oenology. In September 1995, he made one of the most important decisions of his life; he set up a Maison de Vinification (wine trading house) under his own name: FREDERIC MAGNIEN. Frédéric’s objective is to idealize the work of a “wine producer” from that of a “winemaker”: Frédéric Magnien does not own vines but plays an important consultancy role with the wine growers with whom he works closely throughout the year. This enables him to select plots of mainly old vines (over 40 years of age) and to buy very high quality grapes, at optimum maturity, from among the noblest of the Bourgogne appellations. He can then, at the vinification stage and using identical casks and ageing, explore the aromatic diversity of the Côte de Nuits terroirs, building on the dedicated work of the wine grower. The House of Frédéric Magnien is devoted to organic practices in order to produce wines of exceptional purity. Since 1996, all stages of winemaking are regulated by the bio-lunar cycle. Many of its products have been “AB” (organic farming) certified since 2008.