The secondary market for investment grade wines is largely points driven. The higher the score awarded by a respected critic, the greater the demand. Generally, it is the wines with strongest demand that have the potential to achieve the highest prices.

Of the many esteemed wine writers and critics, it is Robert Parker and the scoring system that he devised that undoubtedly have the most influence within the market for investment grade wines.

“Parker remains the most powerful voice in the global wine investment game”

– John Stimpfig, Financial Times, 9th June 2007 – Read More

It has become common-place for the big chateaux in Bordeaux to await Robert Parker’s initial tasting and subsequent score on new en-primeur, (in barrel), vintages before determining what price it will be released at.

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