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Maxime Magnon from Haut Corbieres

After loving the 2009 Leon Barral, Faugeres I was curious to try this new wine from Maxime Magnon.  Didier Barral is a friend and mentor of Maxime Magnon.  Maxime is from Burgundy and was able to purchase parcels of old vines in Corbieres near Fitou.  He farms organically and biodynamically with his wines made in a rented cellar.   Upon Phil’s advice I had meant to open my bottle first thing in the morning but I completely forgot.  Having realized what I forgot to do, I double-decanted the wine some four hours before tasting.  It was a good bottle which showed a consistent personality throughout the evening and within the palate.  It is an old-school wine with expansive, light yet serious flavor.  But it never was as exciting as the 2009 Leon Barral, Faugeres.  While the flavors were expansive, they never gained depth and the flavor profile at the beginning was the same in the aftertaste.  It is certainly worth trying this wine and following future vintages.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.


2010 Domaine Maxime Magnon, Rozeta, Corbieres – $27
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  The fruit is sourced from a field blend of mostly Carignan along with Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Gris, Mcabou, and Terret sourced from 50-60 year old vines from two parcels on soils of limestone and schist.  All of the varietals are whole clustered fermented together then aged in used barrels from Chassagne-Montrachet.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The light to medium strength nose is of powdery red fruit, strawberry, and Kirsch.  In the mouth the flavors follow with a certain lightness.  There is acidity, a little firmness, and a powdery expansive nature.  There are firm black flavors in the finish with a touch of a yeast note.  The aftertaste brings fine, gentle, and powdery ripeness with some minerals.  *** Now-2025.


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