Dominik Mueller

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2018 Château de Ribebon Secret de Ribebon

Tasting note

2018 Château de Ribebon Secret de Ribebon

A cuvée from Domaines Alain Aubert made from 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Purple colour. In the nose, spicy wood notes and a little bit of liquorice, but also soft aromas of elderberry and vanilla. On the fruity side, I get strawberries and dark berries. The mouthfeel is dry and conveys a medium body. The tannins are already well integrated. A pleasant acidity gives the wine freshness without disturbing. Although not low at 14%, the alcohol content is not intrusive. The taste reveals a mix of beetroot and blackberry. The finish is of medium length. This is a pleasant red wine to enjoy without much fuss.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Friday, 25 November 2022.


87Wines with a DM87 to DM89 rating are very good wines, more or less above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They have no flaw whatsoever. Moreover, they have a good balance, elegant tannin structure and a well-integrated acidity. These are wines that I will happily drink up and buy for my own cellar. Then what keeps them from getting a rating in the 90s? While above average and good in practically every way, wines in the DM87 to DM89 range may still not be exceptional in a way that they make you pause and think 'What a wonderful wine this is!' In WSET terms, wines with a DM87 rating tend to be at the lower spectrum of a 2.0 WSET score.
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2.0Wines with a 2.0 WSET rating are 'good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.0 usually get around 87 to 88 DM points.
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2Wines with a rating of 2 stars are well-made and of average quality relative to their peer group. Perfectly enjoyable and certainly not disappointing.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2018
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Merlot
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Château de Ribebon
Appellation:Bordeaux Supérieur AOC
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