Dominik Mueller

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2020 Friedrich Becker Grauer Burgunder

Tasting note

2020 Friedrich Becker Grauer Burgunder

Pinot Gris from vines 15 to 35 years old. The wine is clear in the glass, with a golden to light pink salmon colour. Obviously, the grape juice was left on the skins for a few days before being drained. On the nose, citrus, ripe stone fruit and a nutty sweetness that suggests the wine was partially aged in wooden barrels. Roasted almond or caramel rather than vanilla, though. Juicy mouthfeel with medium body. Grapefruit dominates the palate with a lively acidity that lingers long in the mouth and a slight bitterness. Overall, a good Pinot Gris that I liked for its strong acidity that made it neither too pleasing nor too fat. Not a wine to store, but to drink today.

Drink from 2021 through 2023.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 7 January 2023.


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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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

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: 2020
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Pinot Gris
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Producer:Friedrich Becker
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