Are vintage ratings & charts dependent on the whims of an individual taster (or small group of tasters) in the way that individual wine rankings are? In other words, are vintage ratings extrapolated from the general impression that a taster like Parker forms from tasting a lot of wines from a particular vintage in a particular year? Or are these rankings less capricious because they might take into account other info--e.g. ,by what the vintners in a region have to say about that particular year, etc.?
Fucking Manton. I'm really getting into the madiran. Drinking an '07 Chateau Peyros, which is probably free in the US. I think I like it as much as the Montus... which I did a couple weekends of odd-jobs so I could buy a case.