For the first time, a Swiss wine obtains 100 points on the Robert Parker scale

Thursday 16 Mar 2023 Press release

The Robert Parker Wine Advocate, an influential publication in the world of wine, releases its report on Swiss wines and, for the first time, a Swiss wine was awarded the maximum 100 points. This award-winning wine from Domaine Marie-Thérèse Chappaz is a sweet white wine: Grain par Grain Petite Arvine Domaine des Claives. In addition, this year, of the 281 Swiss wines tasted, 27 obtained more than 95 points, which means that they are classified among the “Extraordinary” wines according to Robert Parker.

The Robert Parker Wine Advocate is one of the largest and most influential publications in the international wine world. For this review, some of the top wine journalists taste wines from around the world. For the eleventh year, Stephan Reinhardt, responsible for Switzerland, tasted 282 wines from all of the Swiss wine regions, more precisely the 2020 and 2021 vintages.

For this 2023 edition, more than 280 wines from 67 Swiss winemakers were tasted (30 from German-speaking Switzerland, 14 from Valais, 8 from Ticino, 9 from the Trois Lacs region, 5 from the canton of Vaud and 1 from Geneva). The excellent Swiss results demonstrate the quality and know-how of Swiss producers. Among the 281 wines, 216 obtained more than 90 points. On the Robert Parker scale, wines between 90 and 94 points are classed as “Outstanding” and more than 95 points as “Extraordinary”. All the results are published on www.robertparker.com

“I find that among the 2020 vintages many wines are very fine, elegant and supple. In Ticino, for example, the tannins are exceptionally fine. In 2021, the vines had to withstand adverse weather conditions. As a result, the wines are more racy, spicy and long-lasting; it is better to let them age for a few more years in the cellar” according to Stephan Reinhardt, journalist and Robert Parker reviewer for Switzerland.

As for Nicolas Joss, Director of Swiss Wine Promotion: “The level of Swiss wines continues to rise. These high-level results confirm the position of excellence held by Swiss wines at international level. Swiss wines are able to compete with the most prestigious names thanks to their high quality. Switzerland can be proud of its vineyards.”

On 11 and 12 March, the public will have the opportunity to taste some of the highest-rated Swiss wines at the “Matter of Taste” event at the Dolder Grand in Zurich. For this fifth edition, Swiss Wine is delighted to renew its partnership with Robert Parker. The Zurich edition of “Matter of Taste” has become one of the most important meetings in the world for professionals. This partnership aims to strengthen the positioning of Swiss wines on the international scene and to strengthen the brand image of Swiss wines.

Do not miss this exceptional tasting, information and reservations on www.events.robertparker.com

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