Sometimes the power and influence that reach experts in specific disciplines – in this case the world and culture of wine – can lead to rather curious situations. In fact, in a recent interview given to the French magazine Terre de Vins, wine critic Robert Parker has been forced to comment on the growing buzz, (considered as a truth by many media) that certain winemakers adapt their products to the personal taste of the same Parker to eventually become one of the Wines Parker 100 +, since he is one of the most authoritative voices of the international winemaking.
This phenomenon, which has been called “Parkerisation” would imply that some wineries attach much importance to the critical verdicts (on the other hand, and this is absolutely true, they can multiply the value of a wine or depreciate it tremendously); even worth, it implies that some of them adapt it to Parker?s personal tastes. He did not agree with this assumption, explaining that it had no basis in reality.
Parker likes to define its tastes as “complex and varied”, something that would be impossible to reproduce. According to him, the desire of manufacturers to release a certain style of wine with powerful and mature taste is unreal, and if so, well it would be unnecessary and absurd. The reviewer ensures that its preferences are not as simple as that, but spread across a wide range of varieties which can include “from the delicacy and elegance of a Château Pape-Clément to the rich creaminess of Petrus or Trotanoy“.
In that interview, the American critic ensures that, in his opinion, the Bordeaux region is one that has one of the best quality-price ratio across the international market, providing the significant fact that when he started his activity in the late 70s that region would only count with 35 world-class wines, a figure that today could easily multiply by 10, indicating, however that it is probably the less known names that create the greatest treasures, citing Côtes de Bordeaux and satellite districts of Saint-Emilion as clear examples of this excellence.
Are you curious about Parker scores? Today we recommend two Parker 95 + wines:
Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001
San Román 2009