Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja 2007 Magnum in Wood 150cl

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Country Spain
Region Rioja
Brand Marques de Murrieta
Grape Variety Tempranillo / Mazuelo
Size 150cl
ABV 14%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2007
Maturity Ready now and will drink up to 2035
Food Match All kinds of red meats, game, ibericos and cured cheeses
Style Rich and full bodied

A living legend of Rioja, which has survived three centuries, destined to break records for its surprising vivacity of intense cherry color which gives an amazing complexity. Its nose exhibits an aromatic intensity which seduces with its red fruits, floral notes of truffles, incense and spicy touches. It caresses the palate with satin texture. A Gran Riserva that shows strength, elegant bouquet, fruity intensity and impeccable balance.

Presented in a Magnum Size encased in a stylish Marques de Murrieta branded Wooden Box. 


From Robert Parker:

"A worthy follow-up of the 2005, the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial is a new release in late 2015. This is a cuvée of mostly Tempranillo with the balance of Mazuelo (Cariñena), a very important grape for Castillo de Ygay in percentages that vary depending on the vintage, and it’s almost 15% in 2007.

2007 was not an easy vintage and in Ygay they had a terrible mildew attack and they lost 50% of the bunches. It’s a cold, rainy year, but because of that circumstance the wine is concentrated. This is still a baby, long and with depth and tannins that should melt in a couple of years.

Compared with the 2005 it is fresher, perhaps not as concentrated, but the extra freshness compensates and puts it at a very similar quality level.

The rule of thumb is to wait at least ten years after the harvest to start uncorking any Castillo de Ygay. Cheap it is not, but very good value it is, for the quality it delivers. 110,000 bottles were produced. There will be no Castillo de Ygay in 2008, but there will be 2009, 2010 and 2011. That’s something exceptional to have three vintages in a row."

Country Of Origin: Spain

Established by the pioneering Murrieta family in the 1800s, Marqués de Murrieta is a much revered winery where the deep respect for the history and the tradition finds a perfect balance with the focus on the future. Its origin dates from 1852 when Luciano Murrieta y García –Lemoine produced the first fine wine from Rioja and was the first one to export it. He acquired the Ygay Estate and built his emblematic Ygay Castle. In 1983 Vicente Cebrián Sagarriga, tenth Count of Creixell, took over the project and after his death in 1996, his descendents still run this ambitious and endearing family business that they strengthen day after day with its presence in many different continents.

The uniqueness and quality of the Marqués de Murrieta wines is determined, to a great extent, by the singular caracter of the Ygay Estate, 300 hectares of own vineyards located around the winery, which allow the absolute control of the raw material. Located in the south of Rioja Alta, it enjoys a privileged continental climate tempered in the north by the Sierra de Cantabria Mountains. The grape varieties cultivated are five reds (tempranillo, garnacha, mazuelo, graciano and cabernet sauvignon) and the white is viura. 

Castillo de Ygay is now under the careful ownership of Vincente Dalmau, who has invested considerably into both the vineyard and the cellar.  The fruit for Castillo de Ygay is sourced from a superior, single vineyard planted some 80 years ago, namely ‘La Plana’. This high altitude site (at 485 meters) within the Ygay estate allows for a greater change in temperatures between day and night, thereby imparting an elegance despite the ripeness and generosity of fruit character. Tempranillo (89% of the blend) is supported by the Mazuelo variety, which provides the dark fruit characters and the backbone of acidity.

Following a separate vinification (the former in American oak and the latter in French oak), the wine then spends nearly three years in American oak barrels and over three years in bottle before release. Both these processes ensure maximum colour and aroma, without producing excessive tannins. 

Country Of Origin: Spain

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