Dominik Mueller

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NV Henri Giraud Esprit Nature

Tasting note

2023 Christmas wines

For this year’s Christmas, I picked four wines to pair with a down to earth broth fondue. For aperitif, we started with a champagne by Henri Giraud. From there we went to Burgundy, then Bordeaux, and ended up at the Saar in Germany. Originally, I’d chosen a 1996 Sauternes to wrap things up but we decided to keep that bottle for another time. 2026 Christmas, perhaps?

Deep lemon yellow colour, fine bubbles. The bouquet is inviting with fresh apples, lemon and well-balanced notes of bread and yeast. In the mouth, the mousse is elegant and the overall mouthfeel is fresh. Slight creaminess. Very good aperitif style champagne.

Drink through 2025.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 24 December 2023.

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Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
90At this point, we are on the threshold from an above-average wine to an exceptionally good wine. Wines with a DM90 rating are wines that already give us pause. They are obviously very well made, obviously have no faults and, moreover, offer something that makes them stand out. From here on, there is a certain complexity that we can and must engage with. Wines with this rating and above are an enrichment for virtually every wine cellar. In WSET terms, wines with a DM90 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.5 WSET score, just shy of 3.0.
/ 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:
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: NV
Colour:white
Style:sparkling
Assemblage:yes
Grape variety:Pinot Noir
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Henri Giraud
Country:France
Region:Champagne
Subregion:n/a
Appellation:Champagne AOC
Vineyard:n/a
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