Seguin Manuel is one of the older Burgundy houses – or should I same names – dating back to 1824. The Winehog’s history with this name is somewhat shorter, although I have tasted wines from the estate going back to 1929 (a still very fresh Corton-Charlemagne at age 70 or so, tasted in the mid-’90s).
Seguin Manuel today is located in Beaune, and has set of fine vineyards. The estate is managed by Thibaut Marion, who took over in 2004, coming from Chanson Père & Fils.
Thibaut Marion has been generous and kind, sending me six bottles representing the estate’s production, and showing the wide range of its wines.
As always, I tried to give the wines a chance to acclimatise to The Winehog’s residence in Denmark before tasting them, but still there was a bit of transport illness in a few.
Domaine Seguin Manuel Meursault 2019
Fresh and lively with quite a dry expression; not really revealing itself while showing a reductive, grapey, citrus note. Not fat or dense, rather forward and fresh. Medium weight and vivid, and a bit marked by the shipping, with a quince note slightly evident on the finish.
(Drink from 2025) – Very Good (87-88p)
Domaine Seguin Manuel Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 2018
The white Beaune Clos des Mouches 2018 is an interesting wine. I like white Beaunes in general, and this one specifically. The oak is balanced, perhaps a bit forward due to transport, but the wine shows rich, sweet, slightly velvety fruit that expands as the nose gets sharper. A delightful experience; white Beaunes seem to work well even in hot years – although I like mine quite mature.
(Drink from 2028) – Very Good (89-90p)
Domaine Seguin Manuel Vosne-Romanée Aux Communes 2018
Very lively on the palate; airy, but perhaps lacking a bit of openness to reveal the nose completely. Quite cool, with the nose showing some red fruit notes, which I find unusual for the 2018 vintage. This has lovely liveliness and vivid freshness, and I’m looking forward to tasting it again.
(Drink from 2028) – Very Good (89-90p) –
Domaine Seguin Manuel Savigny-les-Beaune 2018 Vielles Vignes
The Savigny VV is really showing well, offering beautiful framboises (raspberries) with ample mid-palate fruit. Rich, pure, and vivid – quite a treat, and very well done for the appellation. Mind you, this is not a vin de soif, but rather a more classic Burgundy that will need time in the cellar to fall fully into place.
(Drink from 2027) – Very Good (88-89p)
Domaine Seguin de Manuel Beaune 1cru Champimonts 2017
The 2017 Beaune Champimonts is quite an open treat; rich, but perhaps lacking the ultimate in energy. But it is doing what 2017 does so well: bringing pleasure to the glass with its generous, friendly fruit.
(Drink from 2025) – Very Good (88-89p)
The Seguin Manuel wines show fine promise. This is definitely an estate that should be noted, if you like classical Burgundies as opposed to vins de soif.