Parker on ’05 and ’07

By May 2, 2008Critical Opinion

Robert Parker released his final in-bottle scores for the 2005 vintage today along with his barrel-tasting of the 2007 vintage – and both sets of results contained a few surprises. Just two wines from the famous 05 vintage were given 100 points, well below expectations, although the scores for the majority of wines were still exceptionally high. Regarding the 2007s, the main cause of disgruntlement was not the low marks (which were expected) but that Parker decided not to give tasting notes, providing just the scores and a broad regional overview.

Below is a taster of his 2005 notes. A full analysis will appear after the bank holiday.

You can also see a selection of his 2007 scores here, alongside those from Suckling and Robinson.

  Wine Apr-07 Apr-08
  Angelus 96-99 98
  Ausone 98-100 100
  Beychevelle 90-93 90
  Branaire Ducru 94-96 95
  Brane Cantenac 93-95 94
  Calon Segur 94-96 92
  Cheval Blanc 96-100 96
  Conseillante 93-95 96
  Cos d'Estornel 94-96 98
  Ducru Beaucaillou 95-97 97
  Eglise Clinet 96-100 100
  Evangile 94-96 95
  Grand Puy Lacoste 93-95 95
  Gruaud Larose NA 89
  Haut Brion 96-100 98
  Lafite Rothschild 94-98 96
  Lagrange St Julien 91-93 91
  Langoa Barton 90-92 90
  Latour 96-99 96
  Leoville Las Cases 94-96 98
  Leoville Poyferre 92-95 93
  Lynch Bages 90-92 91
  Margaux 98-100 98
  Mission Haut Brion 96-100 97
  Montrose 94-96 95
  Mouton Rothschild 93-95 96
  Palmer 94-96 97
  Pape Clement 96-100 98
  Pavie 98-100 98
  Pichon Baron 92-95 94
  Pichon Lalande 88-90 86
  Pontet Canet 93-95 96
  Talbot 88-90 90
  Troplong Mondot 96-100 99
  Vieux Chateau Certan 92-94 95