Dear forum members,
In the end of 2018 I performed my first research of the Left Bank Bordeaux. I aggregated thousands of pro and user ratings in attempt to have an updated and weighted version of 1855 classification. I published an article with 20 top estates ranked according to the results of my study. Later using the same approach I studied the Right Bank Bordeaux.
However, that didn’t answer many questions I had remaining. Just to list a few of them:
- Where do the more affordable classified growths stand in ranking?
- How do the second labels/wines compare to classified growths? For example, Les Forts De Latour is on par with 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even 5th growths?
- What level do wines from Graves compare to?
- How about unclassified (like Sociando-Mallet), and Crus Bourgeois, and Exceptionnels? How do these wines compare to all of the above?
- Let’s take numerous Pomerol wines and see how they compare to St. Emilions?
- Are there any wines from satellite appellations which might be showing on par with neighbours from noble villages?
- And what about many small bottlings and garagiste wines emerging?
- Any decent negoce wines?
- Why not compare Left and Right bank wines? Would Chateau De Valandraud rank closer to Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande or Leoville Barton?
This all gets quite practical when I encounter with unfamiliar claret. Well, I have my own relative view on about 100 wines. But I want some benchmark to evaluate the unknown wine against, which I find in the restaurant wine list. It would be helpful to get a sense how this wine compares to other wines I am familiar with. Usually, I would open wine-searcher.com and look up the wine. But soon I realised there are over 1000 clarets that have 88-90 rating. So the number doesn’t really tell anything. It would me much more convenient to see how given wine relates to another.
We often stick to usual suspects. Wines we know or at least ring the bell. Something you find at your local importer, some forum recommendations, maybe wine magazine, etc. What could be another source to scout for something new? Take an appellation and find a new wine there. Not the trash one, but the one with good value for money spent.
While crunching numbers in order to find the answers to many such questions, I developed a handy tool for myself. It contains over 160K data points for 1350+ wines for all the vintages from 1981 to 2019. 30+ appellations, all existing classifications. I linked wines to their respective profile pages at wine-searcher.com and cellartracker.com
I have been playing with this data and developing this tool for the past three years. Don’t even ask me about the number of hours I have invested in this baby ))))
But it pays off, I must admit. I can now sort all the data the way I want and thus easily navigate through to satisfy my curiosity. So easy to look up, compare, discover or simply benchmark.
I keep updating the data all the time. Recently I have added average prices, number of user reviews for each wine on cellartracker, etc. I plan to identify organic, biodynamic wines in the future.
You might say it is self-promotion. Well, yes, but I don’t mind receiving some extra credits for immense work I have done.
Here is the link to a demo data set to give you the look and feel of my All Bordeaux Classified (ABC) tool. Check it out and let me know what you think of it. I added notes with detailed explanations to all the columns. It’s online Google Spreadsheet, so you can use a very powerful built-in functionality by sorting and slicing data the way you want.
Look forward to hear from you, folks!