Wine critics and their wine scores play a very important part in the wine world. Their opinions and scores influence wine buying decisions, a wine score or a review from a wine critic can make or break a wine and its reputation. Wine critics offer a valuable opinion when we're not sure which wine to choose, and at the most basic level they help many wine consumers to avoid buying the 'wrong' wine. Today, many people check wine scores before making a decision on which wine to buy. You may also be interested to know that we go every year to taste Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone En Primeur wines. See below for further information on our head Wine Buyer, James Goodhart, our in-house wine critic.
Founder and Chairman of Bon Coeur, James Goodhart also heads up our Wine Buying Team and orchestrates all our En Primeur campaigns. His first En Primeur campaign was the 1996 vintage. With over 20 years experience he plays a lead role in our Fine Wine team. Whilst James doesn’t score wines, he writes all his own tasting notes, picking out his personal favourites and only buys wines he would recommend. See our vintage review for Burgundy and Bordeaux to read his take on recent vintages and see our Fine Wine section for the latest En Primeur and Investment Wine news. You can also follow the highs and lows of the campaigns by signing up to our En Primeur Report Emails and view our Monthly Fine Wine Broking List here.
Should you wish to discuss Fine Wine with James please contact him directly.
American wine critic Robert M Parker is arguably the most influential wine critic in the world and whilst he has now retired, his scores are still very much respected.The Wine Advocate newsletter first became known after Parker accurately predicted the high quality of the 1982 Bordeaux vintage. It soon became a standard reference for fine wine consumers in the United States and all over the world. The Wine Advocate is believed to have a profound effect both on prices and market demand for fine wines around the world. Find out more about Robert Parker here.
- 96-100 - Extraordinary
- 90-95 - Outstanding
- 80-89 - Barely above average to very good
- 70-79 - Average
- 60-69 - Below average
- 50-59 - Unacceptable
UK based wine critic and journalist, who has now taken up the reins from Robert Parker and is lead wine critic for the acclaimed wine resource website erobertparker.com. Founder of the Wine Journal, Neal Martin is positioned to become one of the most influential wine critics in the business. Down to earth, he regularly pays homage to his Essex roots, his rise to fame has been closely followed by the wine trade as well as his passion for music and normal things in life. Find out more about Neal Martin here.
Jancis Robinson is a British wine writer and critic who rose to fame after becoming the first Master of Wine (MW) from outside the wine trade in the mid-1980s. Jancis is now one of the most influential critics in the trade and writes a weekly column for the Financial Times. Learn more about Jancis Robinson here.
- 20 - Truly exceptional
- 19 - A humdinger
- 18 - A cut above superior
- 17 - Superior
- 16 - Distinguished
- 15 - Average
- 14 - Deadly dull
- 13 - Borderline faulty or unbalanced
- 12 - Faulty or unbalanced
James Suckling is an American wine critic and journalist who spent 30 years writing for Wine Spectator magazine until 2010 when he started his own website, JamesSuckling.com Find out more about James Suckling here.
- 95-100 - A must buy
- 90-95 - Outstanding
Wines rated from barrel are rated with two point ranges such as 90-91.
Tim Atkin is a Master of Wine (MW) and wine journalist from the UK. Over the years he has won many awards for his wine writing including 'Wine Writer of the Year'. Tim is one third of the Three Wine Men with Oz Carke and Olly Smith who host wine events all across the UK. Find out more about Tim Atkin here.