Dominik Mueller

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2014 Le Marquis de Garraud

Tasting note

2014 Le Marquis de Garraud

A pure Merlot from Château Garraud in Lalande-de-Pomerol (Marquis de G is a Bordeaux AOC). Transparent, light purple colour with discreet brick-red tones at the rim. Visually, the wine does not yet show its age. On the nose, great, inviting fruity aromas of plum and blackberries. Behind this are spicy and earthy secondary aromas reminiscent of beetroot. Very good so far! In the mouth, a dry mouthfeel, but rather slightly astringent. Overall rather light with a good acidity so that the fruit does not come across too lush. This Merlot from a relatively – at least to me – unknown winemaker surprised me positively. The velvety, light tannins do not suggest a much longer ageing potential, but that doesn’t matter at all, because the wine is virtually singing at the moment. And at this price, it’s all the more fun. Drink now and within the next two years.

Drink through 2024.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 12 February 2023.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
88Wines 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 DM88 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.0 WSET score.
/ 100
WSET:
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.
/ 4.0
Stars:
4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com 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.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage: 2014
Colour:red
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Merlot
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Château Garraud
Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Subregion:n/a
Appellation:Bordeaux AOC
Vineyard:n/a
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