2011 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
After the much-praised vintages of 2009 and 2010 (the 2010 was voted the best Spanish Wine by Winespectator and the best wine in the world), there is now probably one of the most beautiful and deepest Castillo Ygay - the 2011 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial - the top model from Marques de Murrieta. The Ygay Gran Reserva Especial is only made if the harvest is of excellent quality. The Castillo Ygay is always made from grapes from the La Plana single vineyard, planted in 1950 and located on a plateau at the highest point of the Finca Ygay at 485 meters above sea level. After the 2011, we will have to wait a number of years and it is still unclear what the next vintage will be, but only the 2014 or 2015.
The 2011 Ygay's is the 55th vintage since 1877, and is one of the best and healthiest of recent decades. The wine is deep, fresh, extremely concentrated and with a very refined tannin structure. Its style allows wine lovers to enjoy it upon release, but it shows impressive potential for aging. Only the most patient will be able to experience it with age!
The Tempranillo and the Mazuelo are harvested manually and the first selection takes place in the vineyard and the second selection on the sorting tables. Only the best grapes are allowed in this top model. After fermentation, there is a long maturation of 30 months in new and second-use barriques of both French and American oak. It then underwent 36 months of bottle aging on the estate. The Ygay is an expressive classic Rioja of great class. Ripe black fruit, cedar wood, a touch of spice, earthy notes and beautiful tannins. This beautiful and classic style Gran Reserva looks best if you pour the wine into a carafe 1 to 2 hours in advance. This is still a baby, long and with depth and tannins that need to melt. In principle, the Ygay needs at least 10 years to mature, so open the first bottle from 2022 (until at least 2040).
The Ygay Gran Reserva Especial is a meditation wine and a beautiful accompaniment to a slow-cooked Bresse pigeon, fried beef loin with wild mushrooms; or roasted suckling pig with baked sour apple.
"As always Castillo Ygay is only elaborated in the best vintages: the 2011 has been rated by Rioja DOCa as Excellent. The Ygay's 55th vintage since 1877, one of the best and healthiest of the past decades. The wine is deep, fresh, extremely concentrated and with a very refined tannic structure. Its style enables wine enthusiasts to enjoy it upon release, yet it shows an impressive potential for aging. Only the most patient will be able to experience it with age!"
María Vargas, Marqués de Murrieta's Chief Winemaker
FACT: In the Tab: Appendix you will find the official fact sheet of this beautiful wine. We will send it to you automatically when you order this wine. The wine is stored in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you pick up the wine you will often receive a nice discount. You will see your discount immediately when you choose Collect in the Checkout page. We are almost next to the Rijksweg with plenty of parking. Click here for our address.
|Type of Wine
|Icon Spain & Portugal
|Marques de Murrieta
|Garnacha, Mazuelo, Tempranillo
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard, Romantisch