Dominik Mueller

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2020 Schloss Neuweier Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa Cuvée Blanc

Tasting note

2020 Schloss Neuweier Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa Cuvée Blanc

Pale lemon yellow. This is an aromatic wine. On the nose, passion fruit features prominently, but there are also delicate floral blossom aromas. Fresh and primarily fruity, with other aromas including grapes and lemon zest. Not knowing the exact composition of the assemblage, I went back and forth between Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer in my head. As it turned out, this is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat, which explains the strong aromatics of both passion fruit and blossoms. On the palate, the wine is slender-bodied with medium alcohol, a little extra freshness from CO2, and a balanced mix of fruit sweetness and acidity. Again fruity: Grapes, passion fruit, green apple. Medium in length and intensity. Not complex, but this is a good wine indeed. Beautiful label, by the way, showing the entrance of Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Germany.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 4 February 2024.


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.
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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.
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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: 2020
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Chardonnay
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Schloss Neuweier
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