Perfection is overrated
the perfeCt Wine, like nationality and money, is a fiction created by humans. if you believe ‘there are no great wines, only great bottles’, the fictive, elusive idea of the perfect wine evaporates: it’s ullaged. the adage may be less true now than it was 20 years ago, but it’s still true. the multiverse of variables influencing a tasting at any one time means that absolutism is daft at best. and one taster’s flawless is another’s 12/20: just ask robert parker and Jancis robinson over a glass of pavie.
i find the idea of ‘potential’ scores far more compelling, coming from a real world of human frailty and variation. isn’t a 99% wine more intriguing anyway? top marks out of 20 or 100 are for spelling and times-table tests, not for something as mercurial as wine. Come back, Broadbent, and your elegantly simple five stars. Tim Frances, London UK