Dominik Mueller

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2021 Maison Champy Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

Tasting note

Today, I was at Maison Champy in the town of Beaune for a tour of their cellar and a brief dégustation. I didn’t take notes during the tasting, so these are just some quick thoughts on the wines as I remember them.

Very complex though probably far too young. Stony minerality, floral notes and a tad reductive (in the form of matches) with wood spice in the back. Potential for points in the mid to high 90s, but I’d lay this down until 2028 or so.

Drink from 2028 through 2035.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Friday, 6 October 2023.

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Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
95Wines rated DM94 to DM96 bear witness to the fascinatingly successful combination of grapes, terroir and craftsmanship at the highest level. They are obviously an absolute pleasure to drink, perfectly balanced, and they offer a high level of complexity as they seemlessly combine primary, secondary and often tertiary aromas. This makes them a great experience for every wine connoisseur. In WSET terms, wines with a DM95 rating tend to be at the upper scale of a 3.5 or even at the lower end of an excellent 4.0 WSET rating.
/ 100
WSET:
3.5Wines with a 3.5 WSET rating are 'very good' wines -- just shy of 'exceptional' -- 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 WSET score of 3.5 usually get 93 to 94 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: 2021
Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Chardonnay
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Maison Champy
Country:France
Region:Burgundy
Subregion:Côte de Beaune
Appellation:Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru AOC
Vineyard:n/a
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