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Typicity vs Quality

Typicity vs Quality

There are arguably two different ways to judge a wine. The first by typicity, or in other words a wine that represents a particular region and has similar characteristics. The second is solely by quality. Typicity is considered because a Caberent from Bordeaux, Argentina and California will all taste wildly different, without necessarily being of any lower quality than the other. So recently I posed the question to Andreas Larsson on how he judges a wine, by typicity or by quality.

According to Andreas; “the most important thing is quality, quality surpasses everything.” It is much harder to judge typicity when tasting blind. During our tastings, Andreas briefly knows the vintage and the region, which is common practice in blind tastings. When Andreas undertook the Best Sommelier of the World competition, he was required to name the region, varietal and year of the wine. So he is well-versed in typicity and still believes in its importance. “Beyond typicity and quality I would add personality,” says Andreas. “A lot of wines are well made and clean, but some just have much more expression and I prefer those.” Below you can find some wines that are both example of typcity and quality.



Château Les Gravières 2012
France – Bordeaux – Saint Emilion – Grand Cru – Red

92 Points
Good balance between fruit and extract. Very long finish. It’s just a bit massive and monolithic today and should need time to gain nuance; but ambitious and well-made, with a bright future.”

Domaine Bertagna – Les Beaux Monts – 2012
France – Burgundy – Vosne Romanee – 1er Cru – Red

93 Points
“Very elegant. Long and persistent, really juicy and attractive fruit, very good length, persistent on the finish, good harmony. There’s a good depth of complexity here as well.”

Bodega Sottano – Judas Blend – 2012
Argentina – Mendoza – Red
92 Points
Quite elegant nose here I would talk about a much more classic style, I get much more vibes of let’s say Bordeaux; elegant hints of tobacco, cedar wood, red and dark berries, with some cassis, sage, plum and a really fine oak..”

Cardamaro – Amaro NV
Italy – Piedmont – Liquor
92 Points
Very classic Amaro nose of dry wood, spices, dried sweet fruit, almost some grapey hints, and pickled or candied ginger actually. Very nice, very spicy with a lot of character for this style of beverage.”

Bürgerspital – Randersackerer Marsberg – RR – 2014
Germany - Franken – Trocken – Riesling – White
90 Points
“Good bite on the palate here, good extract, good dry extract in this one, but without bitterness. Mouth-watering due to that presence of lemon peel, then there is barely ripe stone fruit, like white apricot or white peach, something in that direction.”

Villa Montepaldi – Tagliafune 2010

Italy – Tuscany – Chianti Classico – Red

91 Points

“Nice palate here, good volume, good stuffing, good weight, so it offers a lot of fruitiness and roundness. We have finely integrated tannin here and a classic freshness, well-balanced acidity.”

Bodegas Ysios – Edicion Limitada 2009
Spain – Rioja – Red
91 Points
The fruit is very juicy and accessible, rounded with that mix of red and dark berries, some hints of plum. The oak is also really sucked up by the fruit.”