Beautiful label. Pale ruby red colour. Great nose, high intensity and very open: Redcurrants, red plums, slightly cooked, and vanilla. Spicy with notes of white pepper, too. Low acidity on the palate, soft tannins and a lean to medium body despite the high alcohol. The flavour is primarily fruity, again cooked fruit, but now more in the black fruit direction. The finish is relatively short. Part whole cluster, part whole berries, 12 months barrel aging. The rating may seem low, but this is an uncomplicated wine that is fun to drink, nicely balanced and with a good flow. In a good spot now.
Drink through 2024.
Tasted by Dominik Müller on Thursday, 28 December 2023.
86Wines that have a DM84 to DM86 rating are average on a fine wine level. That means the wines have been produced well, they have no apparent flaws or big imbalances that would put me off. On the other hand, they lack features that make them stand out in a positive way, such as a complex flavour profile or a very elegant tannin structure. Put differently, if offered a glass, I will gladly drink it. I might even have another one. Would I buy a bottle from this category for my own cellar? I might, yes. For example, wines with a DM84 to DM86 rating are usually not too demanding, so they can be a good fit for guests who are beginners to fine wine or very casual drinkers. In the WSET world, wines with a DM86 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 1.5 WSET score./ 100
1.5Wines with a 1.5 WSET rating are in between 'average' and 'good' in 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 1.5 usually get around 85 to 86 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./ 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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