Dominik Mueller

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2012 Maison Champy Pommard 1er Cru Hospices de Beaune "Cuvée Dames de la Charité"

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.

Wow, very elegant nose. Pinot fruit, hints of truffles, soft but dry tannins, and an inviting freshness. Lovely transparent colour in the glass. Instantly my favourite wine of the tasting. It’s open and in a good spot to enjoy today. Indicative points 95-97. Potential beyond 2030.

Drink through 2032.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Friday, 6 October 2023.

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96Wines 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 DM96 rating and above usually have an excellent 4.0 WSET rating.
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4.0Wines with a 4.0 WSET rating are exceptional 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 top WSET score of 4.0 get at least 95 DM points.
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5Wines with a rating of 5 stars are truly outstanding achievements. They stand proudly at the very top of 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: 2012
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Pinot Noir
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Maison Champy
Subregion:Côte de Beaune
Appellation:Pommard 1er Cru AOC
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