Let's go back in time. Did you know that Marques de Murrieta was the first commercial winery set up in La Rioja back in 1852? Luciano Murrieta y García-Lemoine, the founder of the winery, brought to Spain the Bordeaux winemaking techniques so he could fulfill his dream of making world-class wines in Spain. 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 an exquisite blend of 81% Tempranillo and 19% Mazuelo (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, this Gran Reserva Especial began its ageing process. The Tempranillo was transferred into American oak barrels, while the Mazuelo was put into French oak barrels. Both were aged for a period of 28 months. Then, Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial was blended and aged for a further 6 months in concrete tanks before its bottling. Finally, Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009 was aged for a further 3 years in the bottle months in the bottle before its release.
Drink this Rioja Gran Reserva over the next 15-20 years.
Gently decant it 30 minutes before drinking.
The wine Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial has a clean, bright, cherry robe with a light brick red hue at the rim.
Exciting, complex aromatic expression. This wine by Marqués de Murrieta 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 strong as steel and soft as silk. A big, yet extremely gentle structure full of fruit, spices and intriguing notes of charcoal, liquorice, graphite and incense. This Rioja Gran Reserva Especial also shows some ripe, caressing tannins and a firm acidity. Never-ending finish.
|Our personal opinion||
An awe-inspiring wine, Marqués de Murrieta Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009 encapsulates the spirit of one of the world's great wine regions. Tremendous ageing potential.
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|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||28|
|Other guides||Tim Atkin: 97 puntos. James Suckling: 95 puntos.|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 81%, Mazuelo 19%.|
|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|