About Champagne Ratings
When scoring the quality of the Champagnes we taste we use the 100 point system. Below is a guide as to how we score and should provide you with an insight as to the wine you are considering.
- 96-100 points
- An extraordinary wine that shows true greatness. They are rare, but well worth seeking out and worthy of your attention.
- 90-95 points
- A great wine and a classic example of its type.
- 86-89 points
- Very good wine that is well made, and a pleasure to drink.
- 80-85 points
- Good wine, cleanly made but perhaps a little simple. Commercial quality.
- 76-79 points
- Average wine – acceptable at best.
- 70-75 points
- Faulty wine, not worthy of consideration
When judging and scoring Champagne a number of quality criteria should be considered.
- Where all a wines components are in complete harmony and nothing is overdone i.e. overly acidic, heavy dosage making the wine cloying, heavy handed oak usage.
- Always a good indicator of quality. Does the flavour remain on the palate and linger? Or does it disappear once it has been swallowed?
- Not to be confused with weight. This is about the clarity and purity of fruit.
- What is sought in all great wine, an expression of place and time, that can not be replicated anywhere else.