TASTING NOTES

2018-2019 Academic Year

We post new model tasting notes in line with the WSET Diploma standard regularly. The latest additions are on the Calibration Wines page.  Scroll down for notes from the 2018/19 year. 

These tasting notes are useful for anyone who wants to calibrate or improve their tasting skills. The wines are all easily available and we indicate who the supplier is in each case. 


These notes are not model answers for the WSET Diploma tasting exams, where candidates are expected to provide a full analysis in prose and to justify their assessment of quality. However, they do set out all the key points candidates would be expected to cover. 

By the way, the Global Wine Academy does not receive any reward of any kind for featuring wines in our free tasting notes or in our classes. We choose them on the basis that knowing and understanding them will help Diploma students and delight wine lovers - and we pay for them all ourselves too.

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May 2, 2019

The Wine Society - £8.75

Tasting date - 15/05/2019

Appearance - Pale purple ( almost medium if you poured too much!)

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Raspberry, strawberry, red cherry, redcurrant, red plum, confected strawberry, bubblegum, hint of blackcurrant...

March 13, 2019

Domaine Mallory et Benjamin Talmard Macon Villages 2017 BU69291

The Wine Society - £9.95

Tasting date - 10/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium

Primary aroma - Lemon, green apple, pear, hint of apricot or peach 

Secondary aroma - A hint of creaminess

Tertia...

March 12, 2019

Domaine Gonon, Mâcon La Roche Vineuse 2017 BU69291

The Wine Society - £9.95

Tasting date - 12/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium

Primary aroma - Pear, apple, hint of apricot, peach and honeysuckle 

Secondary aroma - Creamy and buttery

Tertiary aroma - Non...

March 8, 2019

Dom Zind-Humbrecht, Riesling Grand Cru, Brand, Alsace, 2009

The Wine Society - £ 48.00

Tasting date - 05/03/2019

Appearance - Medium lemon

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Lemon, lime, peach, apricot, honeysuckle, apple blossom, jasmine

Secondary aroma - None

Terti...

March 6, 2019

Louis Sipp, Pinot Gris, Alsace, 2016

The Wine Society - £13.50 AL14201

Tasting date - 04/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium 

Primary aroma - Peach, apricot, lemon, mango pear, red apple, honeysuckle, apple blossom

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - N...

March 6, 2019

Trimbach Reserve Pinot Gris, Alsace, 2015

The Wine Society - £16 AL14021

Tasting date - 04/03/2019

Appearance - Pale lemon

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Peach, apricot, pear, red apple, honeysuckle

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - None

Sweetness - Off-dry

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February 15, 2019

Cotes du Rhone Rive Droite Rive Gauche 2017

The Wine Society -  RH50701 £7.75

Tasting date - 15/12/2018

Appearance - Medium ruby

Nose intensity - Medium minus

Primary aroma - Redcurrant, red cherry, plum, strawberry, simple

Secondary aroma - None

Tertiary aroma - No bottle ev...

January 27, 2019

E Guigal, Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone, France, 2013

Waitrose/Majestic - £40

Tasting date - 27/01/2018

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced  

Primary aroma - Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum and hint of black pepper

Secondary aroma - Toast, smoke, chocolate...

December 10, 2018

Domaine la Tasque, Carignan, 2014, 14.5% abv

Wine Society - £14.50

Tasting date - 24/11/2018

Appearance - Deep ruby

Nose intensity - Pronounced

Primary aroma - Cassis, black cherry, plum, damson, blueberry, bramble

Secondary aroma - Smoke, toast, clove, cinnamon, dark chocol...

October 29, 2018

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Famille Perrin, les sinards, 2015

The Co-op - £20

21/10/2018  

Appearance - Medium ruby

Nose intensity - Medium plus

Primary aroma - Raspberry, cranberry, strawberry, black cherry, white pepper

Secondary aroma - Vanilla and toast

Tertiary aroma - none

Swee...

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