We used sometimes to mark out of 100, following Robert Parker, but we feel the stars are more sensible for what are mainly drinkers notes. Here is an idea of what we mean by each rating, and how we think it might convert to a 100 point scale.
|Marks out of 100
|So exciting that we are lost for words.
|Really excellent. The sort of quality you would hope for from First Growths in good vintages.
|Exceptionally good, memorable wine.
|A really interesting wine. The sort of wine you would want to keep tasting and thinking about.
|A serious wine, worth paying attention to.
|What you might expect of a basic A.C. wine from a reasonable producer.
|Not really interesting or pleasurable to drink.
|No rating given, usually because of a faulty bottle.