Dominik Mueller

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2019 Marchesi Antinori Chianto Classico Riserva

Tasting note

2019 Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva

From the Tenuta Tignanello of Marchese Antinori comes the second wine of the Tignanello. This blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is still youthful and impetuous at the moment. Dark colour with ruby rim. Spicy aromas of rosemary and liquorice with plenty of sweetness and dark fruits. A hint of mint in the background. Astringent in the mouth with a gripping acidity. Blackcurrant, blackberry, vanilla. Dry and slightly bitter on the finish. The barrique is still brash and will surely harmonise better with the fruit as it matures. Potential for more. I would leave this vintage until 2025.

Drink from 2025 through 2030.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 14 May 2023.


89Wines 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 DM89 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 2.5 WSET score.
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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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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: 2019
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Sangiovese
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Marchesi Antinori
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