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Tim Atkin and his vision of Rioja

25/01/2017 Breaking news

Tim Atkin is a renowned Master of Wine and an important critic in the English market. An expert and aficionado of la Rioja, last year he started a list, grouping winemakers according to quality criteria. The origins of this classification come from France, particularly Bourdeaux in 1855, when Emperor Napoleon III ordered the creation of a classification system for the best wines for the World Exposition in Paris in the same year.

This is the second year that he has published the rating with the following results.

For 2017, Atkin has placed Marqués de Murrieta as the outstanding winery. He has also named Maria Vargas as the best oenologist of the year and Marqués de Murrieta Ygay Blanco 1986 as the best white wine. The best red wine is Las Beatas 2014 by Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez.

His breakthrough wines of the year, El Sacramento 2014 for the reds, and Remírez de Ganuza Reserva 2009 for the whites, are the best awarded.

Regarding winery ratings, we would highlight the following:

In the first category are Abel Mendoza (which we visited recently) and Bodegas y Viñedos Atuke, another small winery situated in Rioja Alavesa. The classic large wineries can also be found here, such as Tondonia, Remelluri and La Rioja Alta.

In the second are situated Valenciso, Peña el Gato, Castillo de Cuzcurrita and Tentenublo, small wineries alongside big names such as Palacios Remondo and CVNE.

In the third, Olivier Rivière, Pedro Balda and Exopto share this category with wineries such as Baigorri and Hermanos Peciña.

In the fourth category, legendary wineries such as Beronia and Bodegas Bilbainas can be found with Gomez Cruzado (a reinvented winery) and new winemakers like Oxer Bastegieta.

And in the fifth, we find wineries that have been established in La Rioja for years, such as LAN, Baron de Ley and Luis Alegre, and other newly emerged wineries led by young souls and entrepreneurs like Laventura and Compañon Arrieta.

We will see how this rating develops over the years.

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