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PINOT NOIR

«UNIQUE»

Grape variety

Pinot Noir

 

Classification

Malans, AOC Graubünden

 

 

Vinification

Smallest yields and top selected grapes from the "Selvenen" vineyard, classic must fermentation, rare top selection, aging in 100% new Piécen, Grand Cru type.

 

Wine description

intense Pinot red, spicy, smoky note, concentrated fruit, full, robust palate, noble wood note, very dense Pinot with a long lasting finish and great ageing potential.

 

Food pairing

Goes well with braised or roasted meat and game, cheese, and various main courses.

 

Allocations/waiting lists, no sale

Vintage 2019
93/100 points
excellent

Wein-Plus

Clear, firm and deep, fine red and black berry scent with floral nuances, tobacco, a hint of bacon, beetroot, artichoke, pepper, bread crust and mineral nuances. Tart, tightly knit, relatively restrained fruit, some acid bite and youthful, fine tannin, warm and cool elements, persistent on the palate, distinct minerality, dried-vegetable and mushroom reminiscent tones, some depth, tobacco notes, dark chocolate and some coffee in the background, very good, tart finish. Needs to mature.

| 2023 until 2027+ 

Vintage 2018

95-96 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
Tasted from two different samples, one drawn before the filtration and one afterward, the unfiltered 2018 Pinot Noir "Unique" displays a dark color and opened with a deep, pure, fresh and intense, tart and concentrated, slightly toasty bouquet of black cherries and black berries intertwined with notes of dark chocolate, tobacco, cedar wood box, crushed slate and bloody hints of crushed iron and herbs. Generous on the intense yet elegant palate, this is a fleshy and concentrated Pinot with tart cherry and black berry flavors on the refined and promising, impressively tensioned finish. This full-bodied wine can currently give only hints about its talents, but the sustainable mineral grip and lingering salinity are highly promising. From the filtered tank that was ready to be bottled in early 2020 and already sulfured, the 2018 "Unique" opens very clear, pure, fresh and refined on the elegant yet also still reductive nose and shows a discreet expression of dark fruits, graphite, bloody meat, schist and chocolate. The palate is perfectly silky, round and fleshy, seamlessly textured, with intense and concentrated fruit and a crystalline and nervously mineral backbone structuring the full body. The tannins are perfectly extracted from both skins and 100% new oak barrels. This is a juicy yet pure and finessed, delicately fresh and crunchy Pinot that I'd cellar for at least 3 or 4 years but store enough bottles to drink in 20 or even 30 years. Tasted in January and February 2020.
| 2022 until 2055

Vintage 2018

20/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Concentrated, complex, finely creamy, profound, sensational bouquet, candied red berries, blueberries, nougat, flint. Tightly interwoven, multi-layered, finely concentrated palate with a finely creamy, dense structure, lots of fine tannin, fine fruit, diverse, super aromas, very long, dense, full finish with many back flavors.
 
| 2026 until 2055

Vintage 2018
93/100 points
Favorite wine of the jury

Wine Plus
 
Clear, deep, polished and multi-layered, somewhat floral aroma of predominantly red berries with hints of cherry, red beet, coffee and very fine, a little peppery spice. Taut, cool, fine-juicy fruit, very fine tannin and animating acid bite, herbal and floral nuances, in the background clearly salty-mineral hints, good depth, smoky and mushroomy nuances, grilled eggplant, lasting, has tension, still young, long, taut, juicy, very mineral and fine-spicy, also ethereal finish with train
 
| 2022 until 2028+

Vintage 2017

97/100 points

 

Falstaff
 
Fine, complex bouquet with notes of raspberry, fresh garden herbs and a hint of mint. In addition cherry. On the palate, dense, elegant structure with ripe, polished tannins and a creamy impression. It stays in the finish for a long time and leaves a fresh impression.

Vintage 2017

94/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The 2017 Pinot Noir "Unique" is pure, deep and perfectly ripe yet fine and mineral on the terroir-driven nose. Lush and generous on the palate, this is an intense Pinot Noir with a silky texture, fine tannins and delicate juice. The tart, persistent finish reveals fine, ripe and crunchy tannins and mineral acidity. 13.5% alcohol. Tasted in Zurich in December 2019.
| 2023 until 2040

Vintage 2017

19/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Finely concentrated, complex, closed, delicately fruity bouquet, candied raspberries, mint, fine herbs. Tightly interwoven, elegant, Burgundy palate with a finely creamy structure, dense, fine fruit, varied, sweet aromas, lots of fine tannins, very long, fresh finish.
 
| 2024 until 2050

Vintage 2017

93/100 points

Favorite wine of the jury

Wine Plus
 
Firm, deep, cool nose, floral and light spicy notes, predominantly red berries, hint of licorice, touch of cloves, hint of tobacco, mineral traces. Firm, tart, youthful fruit on the palate, firm, fine tannins, light acid bite, smoky, toasted oak, persistent and concentrated, full-bodied, but also elegant, good depth, hint of cloves, very light meaty traces, hint of bacon, earthy and salty mineral notes, some grip, still undeveloped, hint of tobacco, prominent mineral notes, very good, firm, taut, juicy, spicy finish.
 
| 2020 until 2032+

Vintage 2016

96/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The dark ruby colored 2016 Pinot Noir Malans Unique displays perfectly ripe, refined and beautifully spicy fruit on the nose, with dark berry and cherry aromas and the spiciness of slate and toast. This is a gorgeous mix of intensity and purity as well as generosity and precision. On the palate, this Pinot is amazingly pure, fresh and silky textured but also fruity and transparent, with great finesse and intensity. It's almost incredible that this wine was aged in 100% new oak (which was medium and even more light toasting), because you simply don't get any toasty flavors. 
| 2022 until 2038

Vintage 2016

19/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Closed, dense, floral, mineral bouquet, candied raspberries, currant jelly, fresh herbs, flint, delicate nougat. Balanced, complex, delicate palate with a dense, fine structure, diverse, fragrant aromas, lots of fine tannins, very long, fresh finish with many back flavors.
 
| 2024 until 2048

Vintage 2015

94/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The 2015 Pinot Noir Malans Unique is deep, pure and toasty/spicy/slatey on the noble and refined nose. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, round, enormously juicy and generous yet fine and elegant Pinot with very fine, juicy tannins and crunchy slate grip on the finish. This wine is intense and elegant, with ripe and mellow tannins and a long, salty finish. This great Pinot is still a baby, but with its lush purity, it is a great future wine. Tasted at the domaine in Malans in November 2018. 
94/100 Punkte
Donatsch's dark ruby colored 2015 Malans Pinot Noir Unique opens deep and spicy on the nose, with ripe and flinty fruit aromas. Full-bodied, elegant and silky on the palate, this is a rich, round, intense and powerful Pinot Noir with concentrated but juicy fruit, fine tannins and lingering, perfectly integrated acidity. The 2015 is still a baby and should be cellared at least for ten years. Tasted in Zurich, August 2017.
93/100 Punkte

Vintage 2015

19/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Deep, dense, closed, complex bouquet, strawberries, mint, herbs, raw meat, amarena cherries, flint. Dense, velvety, multi-layered palate with a finely creamy, finely muscular structure, dense fruit, sweet, varied aromas, very long, dense, full finish with many back flavors.
 
| 2022 until 2040

Vintage 2015

19/20 points

Vinum
 
Herbal spicy nose, undergrowth, cherry stones and a hint of thyme. Currently still very young and edgy. The excellent potential is clearly recognizable: powerful palate, tightly woven and superbly structured. Brilliant work with the barrique.
 
| 2020 until 2032

Vintage 2015

95/100 points

Falstaff
 
The Pinot Noir Unique is an extremely dense, spicy-smoky Grisons Grand Cru with concentrated fruit and great potential. The current 2015 vintage is rich and extremely rounded, but should remain in the cellar for a few more years for maximum enjoyment
 

Vintage 2014

19/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Complex, closed, mineral bouquet, raspberry stones, candied raspberries, slate, flint. Dense, multi-layered, varied, elegant, classic, fine grainy palate, very nice aromas, strong, fine minerality, silky, finely muscular structure, very long, full, dense finish with many back flavors. Can still improve.
 
| 2022 until 2045

Vintage 2014

92/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
Donatsch's 2014 Malans Pinot Noir Unique is deep, clear, pure and ripe on the nose; it has precise, dark and red berry fruit, as well as refreshing crushed-stone aromas. Silky textured, vital and fresh on the palate, this is a firm and powerful Pinot with transparency, elegance and finesse. The finish reveals a nice grip and tension, and indicates a very good aging potential. This is another excellent 2014 Pinot.
| 2018 until 2026

Vintage 2013

95/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The 2013 Pinot Noir Malans Unique displays a very deep but fine, elegant, spicy and seamless bouquet. On the palate, this Pinot is dense, rich and refined, even transparent and silky textured, with great elegance and finesse. It is concentrated, vital and fresh as well as very long and tensioned, indicating an endless youth. Amazing but firm and rather masculine, it is very fine and elegant.
| 2021 until 2038

Vintage 2013

20/20 points

Swiss wine of the year

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine       SWISS WINE OF THE YEAR
 
Burgundy, complex, mineral fresh bouquet, cherries, raspberry stones, herbs, verbena, fine liquorice, candied fruits, light tobacco, vanilla powder. Balanced, tightly interwoven, fresh, diverse palate, dense, fine fruit, elegant, creamy structure, strong, sweet aromas, fine tannins, very well integrated, ripe acidity, very long, dense finish with many back flavors.
 
| 2019 until 2045

Vintage 2013

19/20 points

René Gabriel
 
Rich, dark ruby ​​with a purple shimmer in the middle. Fresh bouquet, cherry touch at the beginning, then currants, wild raspberries, fine spices, freshly broken rosemary needles, precious woods, cedar notes and white peppercorns, amazingly communicative and therefore - at least in this youth phase - incredibly accessible. On the palate with a vicious acidity, balanced and at the same time demanding astringency. A noble Pinot essence with grand cru allures. He is so sensational that I expect him to be at full maturity, the maximum rating in about eight years.
 

Vintage 2013

19/20 points

Vinum
 
As small as the 2013 harvest was, this Pinot is concentrated. For Martin Donatsch one of the best wines he has pressed so far - you can tell why: even in the youthful stage, dense, elegant and with aromas of dark forest berries, a little liquorice and a fresh herbal spice. Silky tannins and a great acidity predict a wonderful development.  
 
| 2016 until 2030

Vintage 2013

19/20 points

Weinwisser
 
Very subtle, delicately tart, sour aromas, elegant, rich in finesse, somehow fresh in a special way, some lemon balm, smoky, flint, with air, some currant, mineral. The power has an immense substance as a counterpart and a very close-knit fruit on the other hand, brilliant acidity, ripe tannin, still to be integrated wood, needs time to integrate the power even better, will soon close, put away! Very long, concentrated and very powerful finish.
 
| 2018 until 2034

Vintage 2012

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Fresh, elegant, velvety, fragrant bouquet, strawberry jelly, nougat, fine grenadine, mint leaves. Balanced, full, fresh palate, creamy fruit, fine tannins, strong, sweet aromas, silky, elegant structure, long, fresh finish.
 
| 2017 until 2034

Vintage 2012

18/20 points

Weinwisser
 
Initially closed, with air, some branches, lime dust and red floral notes, earthy cherry fruit, takes time. A juicy prelude, then firm and structured, powerful but balanced, dense, ripe tannins, juicy acidity, aromas of the nose plus some ripe raspberry and beetroot, hidden mineral notes, pencil, still very young looking, classy and fresh, potential , very long, juicy and compact finish.
 
| 2016 until 2027

Vintage 2011

19/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
«What a development! What a feat! With his twelfth Unique vintage, Martin Donatsch has secured a secure place among the elite of Swiss wine making. "
 
Complex, fresh, silky, elegant bouquet, raspberries, fine amarena cherries, fresh mint leaves, tobacco, chalk. Elegant, multilayered, silky palate, closely interwoven structure, fine tannins, strong, fresh aromas, very good mineral notes, very long, full finish
 
| 2017 until 2038

Vintage 2011

95/100 Punkte

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The 2011 Pinot Noir Malans Unique is generous but super pure, fine and elegant on the nose, very deep, fine, spicy and beautifully complex. It is juicy, refined and elegant on the palate, with great elegance, finesse and mineral tension. The tannins are so ripe, fine and grippy, and the wine is firm and fresh, with so much elegance, intensity and vitality.
| 2019 until 2028

Vintage 2011

19/20 points

René Gabriel
 

Garnet with a fine edge on the outside. Shows a dream bouquet right from the start, delicate menthol notes, plum tones, cassis, conveys a lot of primary aromas and still seems to be in its fruit phase. The nose pattern is multi-layered and has a playful note. On the palate, full, substantial, meaty rations indicate the concentration, the texture is silky and so the tannins, which still indicate reserve, are extremely fine. This is an intoxicating unique in a class of its own.

Vintage 2011

94/100 points

Falstaff
 
Medium garnet red; Bouquet still subdued, noble wood embossing, notes of black cherry, plum, violet, herbs, dark chocolate; strong attack on the palate, dense, slightly rough tannins that need ripening, juicy acidity; ends long and a bit bitter. Elegant, tasty Pinot Noir with development potential.