Is beauty intrinsic to a wine. Or is it a quality that is conferred upon the wine by the taster?
Think of people. What makes someone special, someone beautiful?
Isn’t it that the person is loved and cherished by someone else?
As long as one person:
- finds you beautiful,
- is prepared to cherish you,
- is devoted to you,
then aren’t you truly beautiful?
Is beauty a popularity contest? A majority vote?
When it comes to a wine, isn’t it sufficient that one person should find a wine compelling and beautiful for it to be of significance?
Consensus is deadly when it comes to wine judging. There’s a very real danger that average score approaches will miss the really interesting wines that have a story to tell.
If I’m judging, I like the discussion approach. For example, if you are awarding medals, and two out of four judges have scored a wine Gold, and the other two Bronze, it isn’t necessarily a Silver medal wine. It could well be a Gold medal wine, and if I am chairing a panel I listen very carefully if two of the judges in the team love a wine enough to score it Gold, even if I don’t really like it.
I don’t care how many letters people have after their names. Great wines will not always be recognized by even the most expertly trained and accredited tasters. We all have blind spots. We all have preferences.
I love the idea that a wine is beautiful, not because of a majority verdict or consensus, but simply because it is deeply loved and cherished by at least one person.