Dominik Mueller

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2017 Maison Champy Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

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.

2017 is a good Burgundy vintage not just for whites but also for reds. By comparison this suffered a little after the outstanding 2012 Pommard, which is probably unfair given that this was a really good wine, too. A little less complex but similar in style to the previous pinot. Open, fresh berry fruits, good acidity, well-balanced. Indicative points high 80s to low 90s. Beginning to drink well now and should keep getting better in the next few years.

Drink from 2024 through 2029.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Friday, 6 October 2023.

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Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
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.
/ 100
WSET:
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.
/ 4.0
Stars:
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 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: 2017
Colour:red
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Pinot Noir
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Maison Champy
Country:France
Region:Burgundy
Subregion:Côte de Beaune
Appellation:Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru AOC
Vineyard:Ile des Vergelesses
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