Is Wine Quality Absolute?

You’ll hear that there are professional wine critics, and then there’s you.  You’ll hear that there are trained palates, and then there’s yours.  And, you’ll hear that some people can objectively pick out the great wines vs the not so greats.

Says Robert Parker about the 2009 Chateau Pèdesclaux (Bordeaux):  This property is certainly on the upswing, but don’t expect anything awe-inspiring. The 2009 is dark ruby and has some moderately intense notes of black currants, cherries, cedar and wood smoke. Some spice box also makes an appearance in this medium-bodied, pleasant but straightforward Pauillac. Drink it over the next decade.  And hands out a whooping 86 points (in a vintage where he handed out 18 100 point (perfect wine) scores.

Enter Decanter’s tasters, and their 95 points score:  A beautiful, feminine Pauillac, says Steven Spurrier;  Rich, beautifully structured, classic and profound, adds Alun Griffiths MW ; and Stephen Brook says it has class and persistence.

So, tell me again, what’s the professional verdict on the 09 Chateau Pedesclaux?

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