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13 Mar 2018

Cuatro Rayas ‘61’ Dorado, only Castile and Leon wine winner of a Great Gold Bacchus

Cuatro Rayas Winery‘s fortified wine receives this recognition of the Spanish Association of Sommeliers, who only awarded ten Great Golds among the 1700 candidates this year

Cuatro Rayas Sauvignon ‘17 and Cuatro Rayas Viñedos Centenarios ‘17 were awarded gold medals and Cuatro Rayas 1935 ‘17 and Visigodo Verdejo ‘17 were awarded silver medals


La Seca (Valladolid), 13 March 2018.- The 16th edition of the 2018 International Wine Contest Bacchus, held for five days in Madrid, published the list of awards this Tuesday, awarding a Great Gold to a wine from the village of La Seca (Valladolid). In particular, one of the most emblematic of the Designation of Origin Rueda: ‘61’ Dorado is a fortified wine with ‘mother’ barrels from the 40’s, that recently renewed its image to celebrate the 80th anniversary since the founding members decided to make a coupage and age jointly their family wines in the cooperative.

    Out of the ten wines awarded a gold medal at 2018 Bacchus awards, seven are from Spain. These wines have been rated over 93 points out of 100. Two fortified wines from Andalusia, two red wines from La Rioja, one red wine from Aragon, another red wine from Navarra and ‘61’ Dorado, the only wine from Castile and Leon that was awarded this medal, selected from over 1700 national and international candidates. What is more, other brands of the cooperative winery were also awarded at the competition, in particular, Cuatro Rayas Sauvignon 2017 and Cuatro Rayas Viñedos Centenarios 2017 were awarded a Gold Bacchus, and Cuatro Rayas 1937 2017 and Visigodo Verdejo 2017 were awarded a silver Bacchus.  

‘61’ Dorado, a wine with great tradition. For decades, the winegrowing region of Rueda was well known for the production of fortified wines. They were different from other fortified wines due to their toasted colour and high alcohol content. Not many wines were so associated with their growing region. Agrícola Castellana Cooperative, better known by its trade name Cuatro Rayas Winery, has been the bulwark in conserving this traditional wine for decades.  To commemorate 80 years since the founding members mixed their family aged wines as a starting point of the cooperative and of this wine (1938), the winery has bottled a selected solera of ‘61’ Dorado, a brand that has been commercialised since the 50’s and has become a reference among the lovers of Rueda’s quality wines.  

The secret lies in the overripe grapes. Thus, this white wine (Verdejo and Palomino varietal) takes its name ‘Dorado’ –golden in Spanish– because it refers to its ageing time. It has a high alcohol content (15%) and takes a long ageing time. The secret remains in the overripe grapes, and the fermentation and solera system. It is characterised by its golden colour, its aroma and a slightly toasted flavour. Golden, clean and bright. Ageing: Produced by biological ageing, in the last stage, the wine we take and transfer to the last year barrel carries out the oxidative ageing, getting that colour and becoming golden. The wine acquires better body and unique organoleptic characteristics reminiscent of smoke and vanilla. It also has hints of nuts and raisins. It has a slightly toasty flavour.  

Bacchus. This competition is organized by the UEC (Spanish Association of Sommeliers) Bacchus is the only international wine competition in Spain which currently belongs to VINOFED, the Federation for the world’s most prestigious competitions. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) also recognise it. Bacchus is Spain’s leading wine world event. It is the largest concentration of wine specialist in the world.  This competition gathered 85 of the best wine tasters in the world.
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