Dominik Mueller

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2019 Maison Champy Corton Rognet 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.

Noticeably a step up again from the previous wine. Boasting with complexity, but it felt restrained in the glass. Despite 2019 having been a hot vintage pretty much all over Europe, the Corton feels in no way hot or muddled. You can sense the potential that is there. Lovely mix of stones and floral notes (which with more age might well turn into sous-bois) alongside red fruits waiting to be uncovered. Persistent finish. Easily mid 90s, just don’t touch it before 2030.

Drink from 2030 through 2040.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Friday, 6 October 2023.

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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.
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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
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 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:Pinot Noir
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Maison Champy
Subregion:Côte de Beaune
Appellation:Corton Grand Cru AOC
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