Oct 20 2023

Six Spanish Wines Score Receive 100-Point Scores from Critic James Suckling

The six wines are produced by Álvaro Palacios, Marqués de Murrieta, Comando G Viticultores, Dominio de Pingus and Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi

Big news for Spanish winemakers: prestigious wine critic James Suckling recently awarded six Spanish wines a perfect score of 100 points.

As part of the Spain Annual Report, Suckling tasted and rated over 3,800 wines.

Apart from those 6, there were also 20 that received 98 or 99 points and 165 with 95 points or more—all in all, an outstanding performance.

The six 100-point wines are as follows: Álvaro Palacios Priorat L’Ermita 2021, made by Álvaro Palacios at his eponymous winery in Priorat DOCa. Another one is Artadi Álava Viña El Pisón 2021, from Juan Carlos López de la Calle at Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi in Rioja Alavesa, part of the Rioja DOCa .

Two perfect scores go to Comando G Sierra de Gredos Rumbo Al Norte 2020 and Comando G Sierra de Gredos Tumba del Rey Moro 2021, both of which are made in Vinos de Madrid DO by Fernando Garcia and Daniel Landi at Comando G Viticultores

Another 100-points distinction is achieved by Dominio de Pingus Ribera del Duero Pingus 2021, a Ribera del Duero DO wine made by Peter Sisseck at Dominio de Pingus winery. The sixth perfect score wine is Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2012, by Vicente Dalmau and Maria Vargas at Marqués de Murrieta winery in Rioja DOCa.

According to Suckling, Spanish wines are “undergoing a dynamic transformation led by an audacious new generation of winemakers,” and he highlighted how “they are shifting the focus of wine appreciation toward a lighter, more delicate style that highlights clarity and drinkability over opulence and richness.”