Every country with a secondary market for fine wine has notable critics such as Harvey Steiman (USA), Jancis Robinson (UK) and Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Australia & Asia). However, the man whose opinion is held in higher regard than any other around the world is Robert Parker Junior. The American former lawyer owns the most highly esteemed palate in the world and has actually insured his nose for $1,000,000.

Parker made his name by declaring that the 1982 Bordeaux vintage, formerly thought of as mediocre, would be exceptional if given a slightly extended period for maturity than was previously suggested. When his opinion was categorically acknowledged to be correct the foundations of his reputation were laid and in the subsequent years that reputation has only been enhanced.

During the mid 1980s Parker devised his grading system which awards points for each specific attribute of a wine such as flavour, finish, aroma, cleanliness and depth. This culminates in an overall score between 50 and 100 with the upper limit being classed as perfection.

Whilst this may sound a little intricate for many who do not consider themselves aficionados or connoisseurs, the effect on the market that stems from the opinion of Parker and his Wine Advocate publication’s team of experts will never be questioned.


“Anything bearing a Parker score of 90 points plus is sure to be a sound investment.”

London Evening Standard


Although there are many factors that come into play, we generally tend to work with wines that have scored, or are expected to score, 96 to 100 points on Robert Parker’s system. As you can see from the table below, this will be classed as an extraordinary wine and its chances for capital growth are
therefore greatly increased.