robert parker guide /

Robert Parker is the world’s most influential wine critic, affectionately known as the million dollar nose he has the influence to make or break a Chateau. Parker tastes around 10,000 wines a year using his pioneering 100 point grading system.

According to a 2001 study of Bordeaux wines, a one-point bump in Robert Parker's wine ratings averages equates to a 7% increase in price, and the price difference can be much greater at the high end.

According to one Bordeaux shipper cited by McCoy, "the difference between a score of 85 and 95 [for one wine] was 6 to 7 million Euros", and a "bottle rated 100 can multiply its price fourfold."

Robert Parker's rating system employs a 50-100 point quality scale.

96 -100:
An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.

90 -95:
An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short these are terrific wines.

80 - 89:
A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.

70 - 79:
An average wine with little distinction except that it is a soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.

60 - 69:
A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor, or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.

50 - 59:
A wine deemed to be unacceptable.