Since our last discussion – “#winelovers and #winesnobs: What’s the difference?” was so successful, I decided to continue the trend and post another great discussion that took place on the #winelover group on Facebook.
Cathrine Todd, fellow MW student and a dear friend started this one…. so, to continue something that eventually is going to disappear….
Robert Parker talks about why he will give wines a perfect score. What do you think about the idea of a perfect wine?
No Parker bashing please!
The second part of the article is probably of more interest, it suggests that the way that wealthy men in the US have used the points to bid up the price of Bordeaux now means that few winelovers can, or want, to buy those wines. When was the last time any member of this group bought some En-primeur Bordeaux with a Parker score over 95?
The market no longer needs this scale and honestly whether the core premise behind it matters, seems academic at best.
Perfection is the enemy of all pursuits.
This might be part of an explanation of more perfect scores.
Personally I don’t like to give scores at all, due to the fact that they them self tend to get higher and higher. It does not really matter if it is a 5 point scale, a 20 point scale or a 100 point scale. The scale within the scale tend to get more narrow. At one point 85 might have been good today a 90 is a disaster etc.
I believe it’s better to describe the wine from the wine itself with no points, because in the end is a personal description or valuation. If RP is your guy you will love his 95-100p wine, if Tim Atikin is your guy you will love his ratings etc. Wine scoring/reviewing is like music or literature a matter of taste – if you find a reviewer that has the same or a similar taste as yourself then you can trust him or her – then you can follow their wine travels.
I would say today you have a bigger chance to find a or several reviewers that is compatible with your taste – lots more so than 30-40 years ago. RP was great of defining and putting his thumb of the North American taste – he was new and he created something that we live with today; the 100 p scale – but today we have many more opportunities of pinpointing someone with a more personal taste – may it be a blogger, an instagrammer, a twitterer or a journalist – but calibration today is better than yesterday if you just want to look for it.
Jonathan Hesford: Good point Ed. Parker did not become influential by luck.
Already many good comments… but please feel free to continue the conversation! 🙂
Luiz Alberto, #winelover