Robert Parker JNR
There are many influential wine critics in the world but none more so than the American lawyer turned wine critic Robert Parker Jnr. He is the world's foremost authority on fine wine and is so revered that his verdict can make or break a Châteaux's entire year's production.
He devised a point scoring system, grading wine on a scale of 50-100. His scoring system has been accepted as a yardstick by the wine industry and can radically alter the market. For example, Château Montrose 1990 (a second growth wine) originally sold for £200 per case. Once he rated it at 100 points the wine sold for £1,500 per case. Château L'Eglise Clinet 1985, was valued at £140-£180 per case in 1996 but sold for £1,155 per case because of Parker's recommendation and in 2009 prices for Lafite Rothschild, 2008 vintage, rose from £2000 per case to £3,200 over night, once Parker had rated it 98-100 out 100.
In 1999, President Jacques Chirac while bestowing France's highest honours of Chevalier dans l'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur upon Robert Parker Jnr, stated that Parker was the most followed and influential critic of French wine in the world.
Parker's grading system is used to determine a wines quality. It is a simple system, whereby each wine is rated out of a possible 100 points for absolute perfection. This system has been accepted in the wine industry as a standard benchmark for grading wine.
All wines start at fifty (50) points. The scores for wines of a particular vintage are categorised as follows:
- 100 points - A perfect score is a classic wine.
- 96-99 points - Extraordinary.
- 90-95 points - Outstanding wine
- 80-89 points - Very good wine
- 70-79 points - Average wine
- 69 and below - Below Average wine
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