Nowadays, the opinions of critics greatly influence the positioning of wines in the market. This is particularly true in countries that are not traditional wine consumers or in highly competitive places such as the United States, where points are consistently referred to. In 2019, Abadía Retuerta obtained really outstanding reviews.

We explain who’s who and the importance of the scores we’ve received this year from national and international critics and guides.

Spain

Guía Gourmets. The veteran of wine guides in Spain (now in its 35th edition), its editors also host Salón de Gourmets, a long-standing wine and food event held in Madrid. Its large committee is made up of 25 experts who taste wines blind.

  • 97 points: Abadía Retuerta Pago Negralada 2015
  • 96 points: Abadía Retuerta Pago Garduña 2016
  • 93 points: Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2016
  • 92 points: Abadía Retuerta Blanco de Guarda LeDomaine

Pago Negralada 2015

Guía Peñín. Founded by wine critic José Peñín, this is the Spanish guide with the highest number of tasted and rated wines (over 11,800 in its latest edition, 2020, which marked its 30th anniversary). Internationally renowned, Guía Peñín is translated into English, German and Chinese. The team behind Guía Peñín is made up of four people, including its director, Carlos González. Wines are tasted with the label visible to them.

  • 97 points: Abadía Retuerta Pago Valdebellón 2015
  • 93 points: Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2016
  • 92 points: Abadía Retuerta Blanco de Guarda LeDomaine 2018

Pago Valdebellón 2015

Guía Proensa. Personal selection by Andrés Proensa, a well-known wine trade journalist and editor of Planeta Vino, a bi-monthly magazine. He tastes wines sighted to pick out his top cuvées of the year. In the 2020 edition, he reviewed 650 wines, including two from our Duero estate.

  • 93 points:  Abadía Retuerta Blanco de Guarda LeDomaine 2018
  • 91 points: Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2016

LeDomaine 2018

International

Wine Spectator. It is one of the most important publications in the United States. Printed in large format, Wine Spectator is strongly focused on the consumer and publishes an impressive amount of online content. Its Top 100 List of the best wines, which also takes into account availability and value, is particularly relevant. It also organizes a show of leading producers from around the world known as The Wine Experience.

  • 94 points: Abadía Retuerta Pago Garduña 2016

Pago Garduña 2016

James Suckling. The former European wine specialist of US magazine Wine Spectator created his own website in 2010, focusing on videos and tasting notes. Suckling and his team travel around the world to taste upwards of 20,000 wines a year and Spain has been on their route for some years now. Suckling’s influence is particularly noticeable in Asia and also in the United States, where half of his website’s traffic comes from.

  • 95 points: Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2016
  • 95 points: Abadía Retuerta Pago Garduña 2016
  • 93 points: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine 2018

Selección Especial 2016

Wine and perfume, brought together by fragance brand Serge Lutens
Thank you for such a successful year