Furthermore to the question of Burgundy and points

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

A few days ago I wrote this post about the disparity of scoring between the generally held view that Pinot Noir is one of the greatest varietals in the world, and the fact that they don’t seem to get nearly the critical acclaim that would be congruent with that status. After I finished this last post, I emailed Clive Coates, a Master of Wine who lives in Burgundy and writes more about it than pretty much anybody, to ask for his feedback. He pointed out, quite rightly, that he was not mentioned in my original post at all, and given that he is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject, it’s certainly a valid observation. The reason, of course, was because Coates doesn’t use the 100-point system (he scores on a 1-20 scale), and that was my focus in the first post. However, I will say that I was remiss in not mentioning him, and I continue to find his writing on Burgundy tremendously informative. He keeps a website,, and his book The Wines of Burgundy is arguably the most complete volume on the subject currently in print.

I was also talking with my friend and colleague Jack last night, who posited an interesting theory: what if there is a personality type that is more inclined to be attracted to Burgundy, and what if that personality type is also more judicious in nature, and simply not inclined to the rather sensationalist writing style inherent to the 100-point system?

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