The “SL” stands for “Selektion Laible”. Alexander Laible uses the three stars *** to denote his highest-quality wines, which benefit from reduced yields and a thorough selection of healthy grapes. (Alexander Laible is not to be confused with Andreas Laible, whose winery is also based in Durbach but is a member of the VDP.)
Clear appearance. Pale golden yellow to salmon pink in colour. The nose is clean and of medium intensity. It is easy to distinguish the primary fruit aromas: Cantaloupe melon, peach, apple, pear and grapefruit. On the palate, the pinot gris is dry. Typical of the varietal, acidity is on the lower side. I get apple and citrus fruit. It’s pretty primary. Alcohol is medium at 13%. The body and flavour intensity are both medium, as is the finish, which is carried by notes of grapefruit. The Grauer Burgunder *** SL is a good wine for lovers of pinot gris — not high in acidity but fresh and fruity. Cellaring potential is limited.
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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 2 December 2023.
87Wines 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 DM87 rating tend to be at the lower spectrum 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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