Michel Magnien 1999 Morey Saint-Denis 1er Cru "Aux Charmes" ($32.00)
This medium-garnet wine is clear at the edge, showing no signs of aging. It offers fresh red-berry and slight "tomato-skin" aromas at first, with subtly earthy "forest floor" notes that come up with swirling. Tart, almost tangy on the first taste, earthy and spicy nuances emerge in the glass in one of those complex wines that revals itself in stages. Some tannins are present, but they're so silken that you have to look hard to find them. All the parts are here, if not yet completely integrated; time will serve it well. US Importer: North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, Calif. (Feb 9, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Simple, straightforward fare provides a clear background for these higher-end Burgundies: A flavorful roasted free-range chicken was perfect, as was a side dish of "hen-of-the-woods" mushroom simply sauteed in butter with garlic.

WEB LINK: http://www.northberkeleyimports.com/

FIND THIS WINE ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the WineLoversPage.com name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Chateau Tour d'Auron 2000 Bordeaux Superieur
View the next tasting note: Domaine Arlaud 2000 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru