Treble honours for Bodega Garzón in Tim Atkin MW's Uruguay 2021 Special Report


In his second annual Uruguay Special Report, Tim Atkin MW names Bodega Garzón's Germán Bruzzone as his 'Winemaker of the Year' and Eduardo Félix as his 'Viticulturist of the Year'. 

Furthermore, the Bodega Garzón Petit Clos `Block 212` Tannat 2019 (current vintage: 2018) - "arguably Uruguay's most complete expression of its signature grape" - is Tim's top-scoring wine of the 214 he tasted for the report with 98 points and scoops 'Overall Red Wine of the Year'. Their 97-point `Balasto` 2018 (current vintages: 2016/2017), 96-point Single Vineyard Tannat 2019 (current vintage: 2018), and "rich, focused and layered" Single Vineyard Albariño 2020 also make Tim's Wines of the Year list.

Family-owned Bodega Garzón is located in Maldonado, the newest and most exciting vineyard area around 180 kilometres east of Montevideo and 18 kilometres inland from the Atlantic coast in southern Uruguay. At around 170 metres above sea level, still within reach of the cooling sea breezes, and with gently rolling hills on ballast soils, this is the region that seems set to prove to a doubting world that Uruguay can produce wines to rival the best that are coming out of Chile and Argentina. Bodega Garzón pioneered viticulture in this area over 10 years ago, and have since become the standard-bearer for premium wines from Uruguay. Their winery is specially designed to operate as sustainably as possible and is the first winery outside North America to pursue LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Built on natural terraces, the winery uses cutting edge technology and operates using a gravity flow system to ensure quality and energy efficiency at every stage of production. 

Tim concludes that "if the red wines impressed me more than ever – more land, less brand – and an increased focus on balance and harmony rather than ageing in oak, the whites were again a revelation, especially those made with Albariño...Uruguay is already making the best wines in its history, but I don’t think we’ve seen anything yet." 

The full Uruguay 2021 Special Report can be purchased from TimAtkin.com.


Overall Red Wine of the Year

Bodega Garzón, Petit Clos `Block 212` Tannat 2019, Uruguay
98 points
Petit Clos hails from a single, northeast-facing parcel at 140 metres in Maldonado and is arguably Uruguay's most complete expression of its signature grape. Perfumed, complex and compact, with flavours of liquorice, blackberry and dried herbs, subtle wood, racy acidity and fine, granular tannins.
Current vintage: 2018


Bordeaux Blend Wines of the Year

Bodega Garzón, `Balasto` 2018, Uruguay
97 points
Balasto isn't made every year - there will be no 2019 release - so make sure you stock up on the 2018. Combining Tannat with 34% Cabernet Franc and 26% Petit Verdot, Merlot and Marselan, it's a wonderfully fresh, layered red with inky concentration, plum, cassis and blackberry fruit, nuanced oak and lots of minerality.
Current vintages: 2016/2017


Tannat Wines of the Year

Bodega Garzón, Single Vineyard Tannat 2019, Uruguay
96 points
Inky, intense and built to last, this impressive Tannat is all about fruit concentration and freshness rather than oak. Dense and compact, with juicy damson and blackberry fruit, stony minerality, layered tannins and a sheen of vanilla spice.
Current vintage: 2018


Albariño Wines of the Year

Bodega Garzón, Single Vineyard Albariño 2020, Uruguay
94 points
Labelled as a Single Vineyard wine, this actually comes from a number of different parcels on the Garzón estate. Cement fermented with two days on skins, it's rich, focused and layered, with tremendous concentration, salty intensity and the zip, balance and length of a top Albariño.