Michelin tire company buys Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Well, not the whole company, but a 40% stake. As Wine Advocate newsletter announced yesterday: „We are very excited to inform you that Michelin, the globally renowned tire company and name behind the world’s leading guide to quality restaurants, MICHELIN guide, announces today its acquisition of a 40% stake in Robert Parker Wine Advocate and RobertParker.com, the world’s most widely read independent consumers’ guide to fine wine.”

Wine and food are no more separated

President, Robert Parker, has been thrilled over the union of the two most independent sources for fine cuisine and wine, and the infinite possibilities it creates: “For far too long, critics have divided wine and food into two separate areas of expertise, but now the most realistic blend of impartial, independent, unbiased, intelligent food and wine opinion and wisdom have been married for the benefit of both wine and food consumers.”With this equity investment, Michelin is strengthening and broadening its experience in the area of gourmet dining.”

Hungarian wines evaluated

Since 1992 more than 300 000 wines have been evaluated, all of them are archived on RobertParker.com. In this huge database Hungary is represented as well, 173 wines have been scored, most of them (167) by Neal Martin wine writer. The majority of the wines evaluated are sweet wines from Tokaj (114 wines).

Neil Martin

Top Hungarian scores

Two Tokaj wines have been scored 100 points:

  • Chateau Pajzos Tokaj Esszencia, 1999
  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company, 2007

(For „esszencia” style wine look for our Vocabulary).

Then there are a lot of other esszencia wines above 90 points, like Patricius Tokaji Esszencia 2000 (95 points). The highest score for a Hungarian red wine is given to Weninger Soproni Steiner Kékfrankos from Steiner vineyard, 2013 (93 points). We can find several non aszú wines with great scores, like Sauska Tokaj Cuvée 107, 2011 with 89 points. The highest score for a non Tokaj white wine is given to Pannonhalmi Apátság Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (87). The highest score for a red wine from Villány is given to Bock Cellar Ermitage 2005 (87 points).

Start in Asia

“Around the world, the credibility of Michelin and Robert Parker Wine Advocate is based on unique selection systems, organized around a proven methodology and undeniable independence,” says Alexandre Taisne, the CEO of Michelin’s Food and Travel Business. “The partnership between Michelin, the global reference in gourmet dining with the MICHELIN guide, and Robert Parker Wine Advocate, the world leader in wine tasting and rating, will enable our customers who enjoy upscale restaurants and fine vintage wines to experience unique moments. Initially we are focusing on markets in Asia and North America before pursuing our deployment in Europe and others regions of the world. We look forward to leveraging our strong relationship to develop even broader offerings for our customers.”

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