Robert Parker Guide

Robert Parker is renowned in the industry as the world’s most influential wine critic. Known as “the million dollar nose”, Parker has the gravitas to make or break a Chateau.

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Who is Robert Parker?

Parker tastes upwards of 10,000 wines each year using his gold-standard 50-100-point grading system.

According to a 2001 study of Bordeaux wines (need link to the study), a one-point bump in Robert Parker’s wine ratings equates to a 7% increase in price. The price difference in the high-ends can be astronomical.One Bordeaux shipper even claimed a 10-point difference could mean millions of Euros difference.

The difference between a score of 85 and 95 [for one wine] was 6 to 7 million Euros"

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Robert Parker’s Rating System


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.


An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.


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


An average wine with little distinction except that it is soundly made. In essence, this is a straightforward, innocuous wine.


A below-average wine containing noticeable defincincies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavour, or possibly dirty aromas or flavours.


A wine deemed to be unacceptable.