LCBO Vintages Classics Collection
Marqués de Murrieta’s “Castillo Ygay” is a renowned label, an icon of total quality and excellence in Gran Reservas. The historic wine is produced exclusively in the best years from the Estate’s best single vineyard. The wines is composed of mostly Tempranillo and approximately 15% Mazuelo (also known as Carignan). Whole bunches are de-stemmed and gently crushed, then racked and fermented in stainless steel. The wine ages for 28 months in 225 litre oak barrels: American oak for the Tempranillo, French oak for the Mazuelo. Just after final blending, before bottling, the wine settles in concrete. The finished wine spends at least three years in bottle prior to release.
“The aromas of this show an amazing freshness of flowers and herbs such as lavender, rosemary, and violet. Then it goes to raspberry, candy and currants. Black licorice too. A truly great wine on the nose. Full-bodied, racy and linear. So polished. It’s like a red ruby. 86% Tempranillo and 14% Mazuelo in the blend. For release in September 2015. Great length and future. Give it three years or so. Or decant two hours in advance.”
98 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2015
“A worthy follow-up of the 2007, the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial will be released 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 for me the extra freshness compensates and puts it at a very similar quality level. And 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.”
95+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2015
“Following on from the 2005 and 2007 releases, this is another stylish, complex, world-class red from Vicente Cebrián and María Vargas, with 19% Mazuelo providing the backbone of this ageworthy wine. The heat of the vintage has put plenty of flesh on the bones, complementing the savoury, spicy elegance. The tannins and acidity add balance and re nement. What a wine! 2025-40”
97 points, Tim Atkin’s Rioja Report, Feb 2018