Come-back to a story, which is not already finished as he could have let think few months ago.
Robert McDowell Parker Junior, left his function of editor-in-chief at the end of the year 2012. This guru of wine was listened by everyone, but also by the market. Indeed, as it was already said, his influence on classified growth's prices got bigger and bigger each year. So, here is not the point of this post, because a lot of articles had been written on the Master whether full of praise, or full of hate.
We are going to see what does he really think about the world in which he evolves.
After 35 years of professionalism, it is interesting to be aware of the opinion of the one who had become the first independent wine critic. This is his way of thinking (with which you could agree or not) :
- The wine world has developed a lot in 30 years. Not only in quantity but also in quality. The number of great producer countries has increased a lot, highlighting new regions to consumers : Greece, Morocco, Bulgaria, but also South Africa and America which have gained more credibility year after year.
- South of France (Languedoc and Côtes du Rhône) has improved a lot, showing a lot of quality wines, but Bordeaux is still the capital of "grand cru" and of knowledge.
- The number of Bordeaux wines in international top range has become 10 times bigger. And it is still one of the best price/quality ratio.
- There is no such big difference of judgement between European/American and Asiatic tasters. To be a good one, lot of experience is needed. Wine is going to be less elitist.
- Even his wife thinks that there is a "parkersation" of taste, thing that he tries to struggle against
Even if he sold his Wine Advocate's shares, Robert Parker will continue to care about Bordeaux and California Wines. Each one of his apparition is listened very carefully when all the wine world is looking for the next Guru. Contrary to a lot of opinions, R. Parker thinks that blogger won't be the next ones (Pt. 11).
In the beginning of 2014, R. Parker lists his wine global forecast. Make your own opinion :