Dominik Mueller

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2016 Weingut Frank Brohl Spätburgunder Sekt Blanc de Noir Brut

Tasting note

2016 Weingut Frank Brohl Spätburgunder Sekt Blanc de Noir Brut

For New Year’s Eve, I picked this vintage sparkling wine (“Jahrgangssekt”) from the Mosel region in Germany instead of a Champagne. The year 2016 was relatively warm but not hot.

Clear appearance in the glass with fine bubbles. The colour is a mix of gold and salmon pink, rather attractive. The bouquet is of medium to slightly restrained intensity. The fruit is dry and sparse, with some pear, grapefruit and orange peel. There is also a hint of strawberry, but subtle. The aroma of toast and nuts, on the other hand, is prominent. I find this elegant, so let’s get to the flavour. A fresh attack on the palate. The perlage is fine, the fresh acidity is medium. Quite dry. The fruit is again subtle with a hint of wild strawberries and cherries. The finish is of medium length. This vintage sparkling wine is not highly complex, but it offers connoisseurs of dry wines sufficient flavours at a very reasonable price! Successful, I think.

Drink through 2024.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 31 December 2023.


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.
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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.
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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 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: 2016
Grape variety:Pinot Noir
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Weingut Frank Brohl
Region:Mosel Saar Ruwer
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