Our final auction of 2020 features a remarkable number of 100-point wines.
The current gold standard for wine rating is critic Robert Parker’s 100-point scale, which he implemented in the 1980s.
Parker’s goal was to demystify wines for the average consumer who might be overwhelmed by the surplus of options. Today, Parker’s ratings carry an enormous amount of weight: a wine with a score over 95 practically sells itself. The cachet is so great that some winemakers and wine buyers intentionally cater to Parker’s (or other critics) specific rubric and preferences, a phenomenon known in the industry as “Parkerization.”
Wine scores are especially useful when buying at auction. Auctions present a tremendous opportunity to try elusive, expensive and/or rare bottles and wine scores help to paint a picture of what you are buying before you place a bid. Knowing that industry experts have given their tasting notes to a particular vintage allows buyers to drink, or cellar, with confidence. Bottles with a 95+ rating are, according to Parker, “extraordinary wines of profound and complex character,” a distinction that only 3-7% of those tasted are able to achieve.
Parker notes that a highly rated bottle will not guarantee personal enjoyment and urges buyers to pay attention to a wine’s tasting notes in addition to its scores. When browsing our catalogue, note that we often include Parker’s score (often abbreviated as WA, the initials of his influential publication, Wine Advocate), as well as scores by Wine Spectator (WS) and James Suckling (JS). As an additional aid, the critics’ notations regarding the best time to drink a specific wine are also included.
Our final Fine Wine auction of 2020 features a remarkable number of 100-point wines. We are pleased to offer a wonderful selection of the very best bottles in the world and hope that you will get the chance to cellar or sample some of the finest wines available today.
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