Tag: robert parker

The critics: who’s who, who’s new and who should you listen to?

One can almost sense vinous expertise in the air at No.3 St James’s Street, seeped into the very building over the three centuries it has stood there. So while between our eight Masters of Wine and our expert Account Managers (frequently to be found tasting their way through the latest releases), Berry Bros. & Rudd […]

The wildest winemaker in the West

Jim Clendenen, the shaggy-haired, famously renegade wine personality behind California’s Au Bon Climat, is still courting controversy three decades after founding his legendary winery. Here, Sophie Thorpe comes face to face with the Wildman of wine. “I don’t know how I went straight from Wild Boy to Wild Grandpa, I never got a wild middle […]

A Parker-less en primeur (part two)

Following the release of Neal Martin’s report on 2014 Bordeaux, Philip Moulin considers whether Robert Parker’s successor elicits equivalent excitement, or if oenophiles will continue to look to the original 100-point critic. Last Thursday evening, just as most of the UK wine trade were considering their commute home, Neal Martin’s appraisal of the 2014 Bordeaux […]

A Parker-less en primeur (part one)

As Robert Parker takes a step back from Bordeaux en primeur, Philip Moulin – Fine Wine Buyer – takes a look at his influence on Bordeaux and the region’s prospects in his wake. It is a strange feeling, both exciting and slightly unnerving, knowing that the 2014 Bordeaux en primeur release will not be accompanied by the publication, […]