Red Wine Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2011
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In 1852, Luciano Murrieta y García-Lemoine founded Marques de Murrieta, the first commercial winery in the history of La Rioja. He had brought to Spain the Bordeaux winemaking techniques so he could fulfill his dream of making a world-class Spanish red wine.
Years later, Don Luciano bought the Ygay estate and built the Ygay Castle, from which this Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva takes its name. This wine is, therefore, a classic among classics.
Made from 84% Tempranillo and 16% Mazuela (aka Carignan), the grapes come from Pago La Plana, an estate located 485 metres above sea level in the Finca Ygay. Vinified separately, the grapes were destemmed, gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel vats. The must remained in contact with the skins for 11 days, during which the cap was regularly plunged to ensure an homogeneous extraction of flavour and colour compounds.
After that, Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2011 was aged for 28 months in French and American oak barrels. Then it was blended and aged for 13 months in concrete diposits. Finally, it was aged for 5 years in the bottle before its release.
We suggest that you decant this Rioja Gran Reserva 1 hour before drinking.
The wine Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial is medium cherry with a light brick red hue at the rim.
Exciting, complex aromatic expression. This blend of Tempranillo and Mazuela suggests some pristine aromas of red and black fruit, alongside some balsamic notes and menthol touches. Notes of exotic spices -clove, Jamaica pepper, nutmeg-, and hints of a great terroir, all wrapped around a refreshing kernel of minerality. Great precision and excellent balance. No blurred lines here.
A wine that is solid as steel and soft as silk. This wine of Marqués de Murrieta is marvelously balanced, perfectly combining the fruit, the spices, and some notes of charcoal, liquorice, graphite and incense. Ripe, palate-caressing tannins and a steely acidity, with a never-ending finish of memorable elegance.
|Our personal opinion||
A monument of a wine, Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2011 encapsulates the spirit of one of the world's great wine regions.
Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva 2010:
Enterwine 95. Parker 97. Guía Peñin 95. J. Suckling 99.
Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva 2009:
Enterwine 95. Parker 96. Peñín 96.
Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2007:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 94. James Suckling 98. Parker 95+.
Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2005:
Higher amount of Mazuelo in the blend. Aged for 26 months in oak. Parker 96. Peñín 95.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||28|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 84%, Mazuela 16%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|