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100-point system

This internationally most widely used system became popular in the early 1980s through the wine critic Robert M. Parker (*1947). Above all, it is common and recognised overseas, but has also become internationally accepted. Its acceptance in the USA is also due to the fact that it corresponds to the grading system of high schools. Each wine gets 50 points from the start. A wine up to 75 points has a more or less pronounced wine defect. For certain faults, this is tolerated for simpler wines if the fault is less pronounced, but not for quality wines without exception. Only above this limit do the good qualities begin. The rarely awarded 100 points are reserved for very few "grandiose" wines, which are also called century wines. If you consider wines as a capital investment, for which there is a collector's scene, then you concentrate on top wines with at least 90 points.

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