Jancis Robinson is a British wine writer and critic who rose to fame in the mid-1980s after becoming the first MW (Master of Wine) from outside the wine trade. She is now one of the most influential commentators in the business, and writes a weekly column for the Financial Times as well as running her own website, JancisRobinson.com.
Robinson co-authored the World Atlas of Wine with Hugh Johnson and is the editor of the Oxford Companion to Wine. She is also widely viewed as a world authority on ampelography and has published extensively on the topic. In 2003, she was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen, and has been appointed as an advisor of the royal wine cellar.
Robinson gives wine ratings based on both how the wine was showing at the time of tasting and its potential to improve with age.
Jancis Robinson’s 20-point wine scoring scale:
- 20 – Truly exceptional
- 19 – A humdinger
- 18 – A cut above superior
- 17 – Superior
- 16 – Distinguished
- 15 – Average
- 14 – Deadly dull
- 13 – Borderline faulty or unbalanced
- 12 – Faulty or unbalanced
Jancis Robinson's wine scores on Wine-Searcher:
Score range: 9.5 – 20 points
50% fall between: 16 – 17 points
Average score: 16.4 points
(Data: October 2013)