Rating system for the qualitative assessment of wines. It is through the wine critic Robert M. Parker (* 1947) became popular from the beginning of the 1980s. Most of all, it's in Overseas usual and recognized, but has also established itself internationally. Acceptance in the United States is also due to the fact that it corresponds to the high school grading system. Every wine gets 50 points right from the start. A wine up to 75 points has a more or less pronounced wine faults, In the case of certain faults, this is tolerated in the case of low levels of simpler wines quality wines but not without exception. The good qualities only start above this limit. The rarely awarded 100 points are very few “ grandiose “Reserved for crying, also called Wine of the century be designated. If you consider wines as an investment, for which there is a collector scene, then you concentrate on top wines with at least 90 points.
The range of the individual levels from faulty to grandiose is determined by the individual wine critics applied somewhat differently. There are also different opinions today about how strictly this system should be interpreted. For most users of this scheme, there has been a gradual shift in the point marks upwards for several years, which leads to an unnatural compression of the system (one could also call this a favor rating). at Wein-Plus the original, strict version is used, in which the range of recommended wines starts at 80 points.
The 20-point and the 5-point system are further point evaluations. The former takes place when awarding the State test number (Austria) and the second when awarding the Official test number (Germany) application. In addition, symbols (bottles, glasses, grapes, stars) are mostly used in the number 1 to 5. In wine competitions, the awards often in the form of medals (bronze, silver, gold, platinum), whereby scores are also based. An example is the award by the DLG (German Agricultural Society). In any case, good ratings usually have an immediate impact on prices, which is particularly true for Robert Parker rated wine applies. For this reason, point ratings are not entirely uncontroversial. The most common rating systems:
Wine with more or less
Neutral simple wine,
10 - 11.9
2 - 2.9
Cleaner, as harmonious as possible, at best
3 - 3.4
Notable wine with personality,
3.5 - 3.9
4 - 4.4
World-class wine with depth, complexity
4.5 - 5
Wine that is only different, but not better
There is often controversial discussion as to whether there can actually be an objective evaluation of wines by tasting them. This is often questioned (but not only) by laypeople. The legendary competition is a very clear example of this problem Paris Wine Tasting who dragged himself with the same wines in four stages over a period of thirty years. On the basis of which evaluation criteria the points are awarded is detailed under the keyword wine review described. The verbal description can be found at wine address, as well as the subject of wine classification under quality system,