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What makes a 100-point Hermitage?

The concept of a ‘100-point wine’ is a multifaceted one. Does it mean a wine is perfect? Is such a thing even possible? Matt Walls considers what a 100-point wine represents, drawing on a recent tasting of Hermitage...

Some tasters have been know to avoid awarding a wine 100 point on ideological grounds. But all publications that score wines have some kind of guide to scoring, and Decanter uses the 100-point scale – not a 99-point scale – so I do, albeit very rarely, award a wine 100 points.

Matt’s 100-point Hermitage wines:


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