Dominik Mueller

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2021 Martin Waßmer Weißer Burgunder

Tasting note

2021 Martin Waßmer Weißer Burgunder

Undoubtedly a young wine with a transparent, bright colour. The year 2021 was a cooler one in Germany, and you can tell that from this wine. Although Baden is the warmest wine-growing region in Germany, the first impression of this Weissburgunder is relatively cool and firm. This is not one of those broad-shouldered Pinot Blancs or Pinot Gris aged for a long time in wood. The bouquet of apricot and citrus rather promises freshness. I therefore suspect that this wine has been matured in steel tanks. I am not thinking of a ripe fruitiness, but of a refreshing fruitiness in a positive sense. On top of that, there is a discreet note of nuts. In the mouth, also a slender body, medium acidity. On the palate, mainly mild lemon with a hint of salty minerality.

A rock-solid estate wine from the Markgräflerland in Baden. Just right, now that the first rays of sun announce spring. A suitable terrace wine, and I don’t mean that disrespectfully.

Drink through 2025.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Monday, 24 April 2023.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
86Wines that have a DM84 to DM86 rating are average on a fine wine level. That means the wines have been produced well, they have no apparent flaws or big imbalances that would put me off. On the other hand, they lack features that make them stand out in a positive way, such as a complex flavour profile or a very elegant tannin structure. Put differently, if offered a glass, I will gladly drink it. I might even have another one. Would I buy a bottle from this category for my own cellar? I might, yes. For example, wines with a DM84 to DM86 rating are usually not too demanding, so they can be a good fit for guests who are beginners to fine wine or very casual drinkers. In the WSET world, wines with a DM86 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 1.5 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:
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 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: 2021
Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Pinot Blanc
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Martin Waßmer
Country:Germany
Region:Baden
Subregion:n/a
Appellation:n/a
Vineyard:n/a
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