Following our recent trip to the Rheingau, I was obviously inspired to open a Rheingau Riesling for today’s dinner. Cheers!
Village wine from Rüdesheim from August Kesseler, aged for ten years. (The winery itself is located in Assmanshausen, one of Germany’s Spätburgunder/Pinot Noir strongholds).
Golden colour. A wonderful bouquet on the nose. Initially marked by a stony minerality, eventually joined by floral and fruity notes of peach and oxidised apple. In the mouth, a smooth acidity. This turns into tangerines or a juicy, sweet orange on the palate. Above this lies a slight spiciness that lingers even longer and, together with the sweetness (more than the acidity), carries the finish. All in all, an animating wine with great drinking flow!
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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Monday, 29 May 2023.
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
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
3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group./ 5
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.
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