Dominik Mueller

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2019 Valérie Courrèges Zinzolin

Tasting note

Cuvée from near Cahors in Quercy in the southwest of France. Dark red to violet. Dark cherries and a smoky bacon note on the nose. But also a delicate freshness reminiscent of mint. In the taste more red cherries and berries as well as a finely dosed spiciness. Quite elegant. Typical for Malbec, it goes well with red meat and hearty dishes. Easily punching above its weight in its price class!

Drink from 2022 through 2027.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 9 April 2022.


90At this point, we are on the threshold from an above-average wine to an exceptionally good wine. Wines with a DM90 rating are wines that already give us pause. They are obviously very well made, obviously have no faults and, moreover, offer something that makes them stand out. From here on, there is a certain complexity that we can and must engage with. Wines with this rating and above are an enrichment for virtually every wine cellar. In WSET terms, wines with a DM90 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.5 WSET score, just shy of 3.0.
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2.5Wines with a 2.5 WSET rating are 'good' or 'very 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 2.5 usually get around 89 to 90 DM points.
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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 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: 2019
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Malbec
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Valérie Courrèges
Appellation:Vin de France
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