Burgundy 2018 – Ma–Me

For the rest of these alphabetically grouped tasting articles, and more general articles on Burgundy 2018, see our guide. Our picture shows Freddy Meuneveaux of Domaine Meuneveaux in Aloxe-Corton.

The wines are grouped alphabetically by producer (sur)name and within those groups are ordered whites before reds, ascending from generic through village, premiers and grands crus. You can change the order as you prefer using the menu below.

Domaine Henri Magnien (Gevrey-Chambertin)

Dom Henri Magnien, Côte d'Or 2018 Bourgogne

Bottled – they felt the wines were ready and did not want to lose freshness.
Mid crimson. Ripe but fresh dark-red fruit. Juicy, generous, mouth-filling fruit. Lots of fruity pleasure and deft, smooth tannins that are just slightly chewy on the finish. (JH)

Drink
2021
2026
£180 per case of 12 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16

Dom Henri Magnien, Vieilles Vignes 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

Bottled. Darker-fruited and a little less open than the Bourgogne. More peppery and spicy, very Gevrey. Fine, dry, structuring tannins. A baby in balance. (JH)

Drink
2024
2030
£210 per case of 6 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16.5 +

Dom Henri Magnien, Champerrier 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

15% whole bunch. Bottled.
Lovely fragrance of pure dark-red fruit and the freshness of light-handed use of stems. Lively, juicy and open with elegant tannins. Should be accessible early and age well. (JH)

Drink
2023
2030
£235 per case of 6 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
16.5

Dom Henri Magnien, Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

Bottled. Smells a little sweeter-fruited than the Gevrey Estournelles St-Jacques. Even a hint of something floral/leafy though it is fully ripe. Firm but juicy without quite the intensity of the Estournelles St-Jacques. Smoother and softer overall. (JH)

Drink
2024
2029
£395 per case of 6 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16.5

Dom Henri Magnien, Champeaux Premier Cru 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

15% whole bunch. Bottled.
Pretty on the nose – the aroma takes me more to Morey than Gevrey but it is darker and more spicy on the palate. Elegant, refined, already married and surprisingly accessible. Moderate length but very elegant. (JH)

Drink
2022
2032
£345 per case of 6 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
17

Dom Henri Magnien, Grand Cru 2018 Ruchottes-Chambertin

20% whole bunch. Bottled.
Peppery and fragrant, seductive in an elegant, shy way. Moreish and succulent on the palate, tannins as fine as layers of paper. Elegant and long. (JH)

Drink
2025
2038
£685 per case of 6 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
17.5

Dom Henri Magnien, Grand Cru 2018 Corton-Les Grandes Lolières

First vintage – a new parcel for them. Bottled – they bottled early because the wines were ready.
Deep cherry red. Intense aroma of extremely pure fruit, ripe but not at all overripe. Firm, deep and chewy on the palate. Compact, polished tannins. Perfect harmony in a baby wine with a long life ahead. (JH)

Drink
2028
2040
£TBC per case of 6 ib Haynes Hanson & Clark
17.5 +

Domaine Michel Magnien (Morey-St-Denis)

Dom Michel Magnien 2018 Morey-St-Denis

Cask sample. Fleshy, attractive fruit that is really quite intense and layered. The oak still dominating but has lots of fruit and earthy notes. Perhaps lacking just a touch of acidity but lots going on here. (AC)

Drink
2024
2032
£293 per case of 12 ib Montrachet Fine Wine Merchants
16 +

Dom Michel Magnien, Grand Cru 2018 Charmes-Chambertin

Cask sample. Lots of freshness and vibrancy here – really attractive with tannins that are tight but very compact. Fresh and showing a real directness to the wine, linear yet surrounded by a core of dense succulent fruit. (AC)

Drink
2025
2038
£1,293 per case of 12 ib Montrachet Fine Wine Merchants
17.5

Domaine Stéphane Magnien (Morey-St-Denis)

Dom Stéphane Magnien, Vieilles Vignes 2018 Morey-St-Denis

Cask sample. Bright crimson. Rich and intense on the nose. Rather aggressive structure on the palate. Damson, slightly raw fruit. Needs a lot of time to settle down.

Drink
2028
2042
£310 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman, £156 per case of 6 ib Lay & Wheeler
16.5 +

Dom Stéphane Magnien, Les Faconnières Premier Cru 2018 Morey-St-Denis

Cask sample. Very introvert nose and then very sweet palate. Pretty flashy. Probably worth looking at after a while but the Moreys tasted today from this domaine are very embryonic.

Drink
2030
2047
£530 per case of 12 ib Lea & Sandeman, £270 per case of 6 ib Lay & Wheeler
16.5 ++

Dom Stéphane Magnien, Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2018 Chambolle-Musigny

Ripe and slightly meaty on the nose, not scented like classic Chambolle though it has retained a slight floral note. Firm, dense, fresh enough but a bit heavy on its feet at this level of ripeness. Plenty of fruit all the same. Not Chambolle enough for me in this vintage. (JH)

Drink
2022
2027
£285 per case of 6 ib Stannary St Wine Co
15.5

Domaine des Malandes (Chablis)

Dom des Malandes 2018 St-Bris

Pithy lemons and apple skins on the nose. Chalky and mineral on the palate, fresh zippy and zesty with greengage. (TP)

Drink
2020
2024
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
15

Dom des Malandes 2018 Chablis

Lightly cheesy on the nose – mineral. Clean-cut and vibrant on the palate, very lithe and lifted. Good vibrancy for the vintage and a good example of village Chablis. (TP)

Drink
2020
2025
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
15.5

Dom des Malandes, Envers de Valmur 2018 Chablis

Pithy with lemons – stony and subtle. Fresh and clean, green fruits to the fore with just a little hit of flinty smoke. Refreshing, good depth on the finish. (TP)

Drink
2020
2025
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
16

Dom des Malandes, Côte de Léchet Premier Cru 2018 Chablis

Subtle and savoury nose. Tense entry, acids and stones. Builds in citrus and just a hint of white peach. Elegant, refined and moreish. Real typicality. (TP)

Drink
2020
2028
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
16 +

Dom des Malandes, Vau de Vey Premier Cru 2018 Chablis

Buttermilk and preserved lemons on the nose. More weight than the Côte de Léchet. Still has zesty acidity. Builds through to quite a salivating yet ripe finish. (TP)

Drink
2020
2028
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
16.5

Dom des Malandes, Montmains Premier Cru 2018 Chablis

Struck flint and white peach on the nose. Bursting with lemon juice on the palate, but there is also chalky texture. Retains its elegance and drive with acidity. Tangy on the finish. (TP)

Drink
2020
2028
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
16.5 +

Dom des Malandes, Fourchaume Premier Cru 2018 Chablis

A little sweet spice on the nose with ripe green fruits – lime and greengage. Mirabelle plum, juicy yet compact on the palate. Tension builds with acidity but there is a building lactic creaminess too. (TP)

Drink
2020
2028
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
16.5

Dom des Malandes, Vaudésir 2018 Chablis Grand Cru

Bottled mid December.
Perfumed, with floral undertones to the ripe citrus at the core. Mineral smokiness, a little creamy stone fruit and zesty acidity. Tight on the finish and a little smoky. Needs time. (TP)

Drink
2022
2030
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
17

Dom des Malandes, Les Clos 2018 Chablis Grand Cru

Savoury nose. Smoky, rich and dense on the palate. A real depth of fruit, building with green apple, yellow fruit and ripe pear. The creaminess towards the finish adds generosity and length. Supple, savoury and fine. (TP)

Drink
2022
2032
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
17 +

Domaine des Marrans (Fleurie)

Dom des Marrans 2018 Beaujolais-Villages

Very pale colour. Delicate nose. Fine, delicate fruit. Fresh but a little dilute. (TP)

Drink
2020
2024
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
15

Dom des Marrans, Vieilles Vignes Aux Côtes 2018 Chiroubles

Bright ruby purple. A little hedgerow intermingled with ripe strawberry. Squeaky clean and ethereal fruit. Very floral. Light on its feet, with a hint of chalky tannin on the back end. (TP)

Drink
2020
2025
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
15.5 +

Dom des Marrans, Corcelette 2018 Morgon

So fresh and aromatic on the nose, really lovely. Violets and blueberries. Juicy strawberry on the palate and seamless tannins. Approachable and moreish, with a hit of violets on the end. (TP)

Drink
2020
2027
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
16.5

Dom des Marrans, Les Marrans 2018 Fleurie

Like a bouquet of flowers, very high-toned. Bursting with strawberry on the palate. Soft, soft tannins allow the fruit to shine. Moreish. (TP)

Drink
2020
2027
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
16.5 +

Dom des Marrans, Lieu-dit Champagne 2018 Fleurie

Bright, pure strawberries. More structure built into this wine, needs a little bottle age. Long and lithe but a little unyielding at the moment. (TP)

Drink
2022
2028
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
16 ++

Dom des Marrans, Clos du Pavillon 2018 Fleurie

Wax seal where the others are standard capsules.
Mineral, but still showing layers of subtle blueberry and ripe red cherry. Glossy entry, but the tannin quickly builds. Chalky, but intense in red fruits that match the structure. Despite the sweet intensity the wine remains ethereal and bright. Should be superb in a couple of years. (TP)

Drink
2022
2032
Imported into the UK by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies
17 +

Château de Marsannay (Marsannay)

Ch de Marsannay 2018 Marsannay

Cask sample. Unusually deep crimson. Sweet and rich. Fine for a dramatic wine for early drinking but it wouldn’t be top of the list for refinement. It’s not expensive but it’s just a little sweet and bumptious.

Drink
2023
2028
£125 per case of 6 ib Justerini & Brooks
16

Ch de Marsannay 2018 Marsannay

Cask sample. Unusually deep crimson. Sweet and rich. Fine for a dramatic wine for early drinking but it wouldn’t be top of the list for refinement. It’s not expensive but it’s just a little sweet and bumptious.

Drink
2023
2028
£125 per case of 6 ib Justerini & Brooks
16

Ch de Marsannay, Clos de Jeu 2018 Marsannay

Cask sample. Naughty heavy bottles from this producer. A bit mean and severe on the end. And it lacks real focus and fruit density on the mid palate.

Drink
2025
2033
£330 per case of 6 ib Justerini & Brooks
15.5

Ch de Marsannay, Clos du Roy 2018 Marsannay

Cask sample. Bit of lift on the nose here. But still very sweet fruit on the palate. Just a bit chunky and unintegrated at the moment. A sour note on the finish.

Drink
2026
2035
£205 per case of 6 ib Justerini & Brooks
16 +

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