Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Read these special reports to get the inside track on some of the world's most important wine regions. I've walked the vineyards, talked to the producers and tasted the wines to provide you with unique advice and insights.

27th Nov 2016

2015 Rhône Special Report

This is an independent guide for wine lovers who want to know what to buy from the outstanding 2015 Rhône vintage that will bring them pleasure now, next year, and into the future. Not just wines for investment, but also smart buys for weekday drinking and those on a budget. It highlights wines with balance, finesse and drinkability, not just concentration and power. This report will... Read more

8th Sep 2016

2016 South Africa Special Report

In his fourth annual guide to South Africa, award-winning British wine-writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin says the 2015 vintage is “the best I’ve tasted in 26 years of writing about the country’s wines” and should be a springboard to global recognition. "A winning combination of better viticulture, the development of new wine regions and the emergence of a young generation... Read more

7th Sep 2016

2016 Cape Classification

This is my fourth attempt to classify the Cape's best producers, an annual exercise that has stimulated considerable debate in South Africa. This is very loosely based on the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, although quality rather than price is my only criterion. There are six different bands: first, second, third, fourth and fifth growths, consisting of 15 wines each, and a larger group of 75... Read more

12th May 2016

2015 Bordeaux Special Report

The 2015 Bordeaux vintage is undoubtedly the best since 2010, but it is far from the harvest of the decade, let alone the century. The best wines are excellent (and that includes dry whites and sweets as well as reds), but there are also some lows among the highs, depending on picking dates, vineyard sources and winemaking decisions. The long, largely rain-free harvest meant that... Read more

18th Apr 2016

2015 Bordeaux: complete scores

2015 has been described by many people, some of whom have a vested interest in reviving the moribund en primeur system, as the best Bordeaux vintage since 2010. Some producers and commentators have been even more excitable, describing it as “a very great year” or scattering 100 point scores like a cloud of summer dust. After spending a week in the region, visiting châteaux and... Read more

11th Apr 2016

2016 Argentina Special Report

In my latest, comprehensive, 147-page guide to Argentina, with 1,100 wines tasted and rated, I have showcased a dynamic industry at an exciting point in its history Having visited Argentina almost every year since the early 1990s, I think it’s thrilling to see the country beginning to fulfil its rich wine-producing potential. With its blend... Read more

27th Jan 2016

2014 Burgundy Special Report

After a run of small vintages, Burgundy volumes were back to normal in 2014. There are plenty of positive things to say about the wines, too, especially the whites, which are some of the best I've ever tasted from the region. The reds are generally less exciting, but they are attractive and full of fruit, and some may age surprisingly well. In short, 2014 is a... Read more

8th Dec 2015

2014 Rhône Special Report

The 2014 vintage was challenging in the Rhône: some excellent wines were made, but quality is far from uniform across this diverse region. It served to highlight those producers who strive for quality even under testing circumstances; some names will no doubt be familiar to you, others perhaps not. This report will give you the information you need to buy with confidence – and hopefully... Read more

4th Dec 2015

2015 Rioja Special Report

Welcome to my first ever in-depth Rioja report. Whether you like your Rioja in the modern or traditional style, whether you like minerally whites or single vineyard reds, there's something for you. There's also something for fine wine lovers these days. Discover what makes Rioja rock, learn about the changes afoot in Spain's most famous wine region, meet the young guns... Read more

4th Dec 2015

2015 Classification of Rioja’s Best Producers

This is my first attempt to classify Rioja's best producers, an exercise that I have tried in other countries, with a degree of success and no little controversy. It is very loosely based on the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, with five different bands (first, second, third, fourth and fifth growths) and a group of 40 crus bourgeois, although quality rather than price is the only criterion I... Read more



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