The De­can­ter guar­an­tee

Decanter - - BUYING GUIDE -

Our buy­ing guide is here to pro­vide you with trusted, in­de­pen­dent, ex­pert rec­om­men­da­tions on what to buy, what to drink and what to cel­lar.

Each panel tast­ing is judged by three ex­pe­ri­enced tasters cho­sen for their au­thor­ity in the cat­e­gory of wine be­ing rated. All wines are tasted blind and are pre-poured for judges in flights of eight to 10 wines. Our three ex­perts taste and score their set of wines in­di­vid­u­ally but then dis­cuss their scores to­gether at the end of each flight. Any wines on which scores are markedly dif­fer­ent are re­tasted; how­ever, judges are un­der no obli­ga­tion to amend their scores.

Judges are en­cour­aged to look for typ­ic­ity in wines, re­ward­ing those which are true to their re­gion. Prices are not re­vealed, and thus not taken into con­sid­er­a­tion when scor­ing.

The tast­ings are held in the con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment of De­can­ter’s tast­ing suite: a plain white room, with nat­u­ral light and no noise. We limit the num­ber of wines tasted to a man­age­able level – a max­i­mum of 85 per day – al­low­ing judges to taste more thor­oughly and avoid palate fa­tigue.

Drink-by dates are based on how long it is pru­dent to keep the wine in ques­tion. How­ever, some wines will have a longer age­ing ca­pac­ity if stored in pris­tine con­di­tions through­out their life­span.

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