Tim Atkin MW releases Uruguay Special Report

Tim Atkin MW has launched his inaugural Uruguay Special Report, focusing on 146 wines, which he scored 90 points or higher.

The wine commentator, who visited Uruguay in January this year, tasted more than 220 wines from the region. He was eventually able to narrow these down to the list of 146 top-scoring wines featured in his report.

Atkin, who had only visited the country once before, in 1999, said: “Uruguay is one of the most exciting, up-and-coming wine-producing countries in the world right now. It may be the second smallest nation in Latin America, but it’s definitely punching above its weight.

“Uruguay has a tradition of winemaking that stretches back to the second half of the 19th century and quite possibly before that, but in many ways, it is a young presence on the world scene. Some good wines were made in the 1970s and 1980s – I’ve been lucky enough to taste some of them – but world-class ones are much more recent. Uruguay is making the best wines in its history. What’s more, there are surely even better things to come.”

Uruguay is best known for Tannat, but as Atkin highlights in the 50-page report, its wines are much more diverse than that single grape variety and Albarino in particular “has a fantastic future”, he said.

The top-scoring wines in the report are Bouza Monte Vide Eu 2018, a blend of Tannat, Merlot and Tempranillo, and Garzon Petit Clos Block #212 Tannat 2018, which Atkin describes as “first class”.

The report, which is available to download from timatkin.com priced at £10, also features a guide to the different wine regions in the country.

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