Marqués de Murrieta “Castillo Ygay” Rioja Gran Reserva Especial 2009 [6/cs]

castillo ygay gran reserva especial 2007
Spain Rioja
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2009

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.


“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 refinement. What a wine! 2025-40”

97 points, Tim Atkin’s Rioja Report, Feb 2018


“Marqués de Murrieta didn’t produce their top red in 2008, so I tasted the 2009 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial. In 2009, the final blend was Tempranillo with 19% Mazuelo (or Cariñena), one of the highest percentages of Mazuelo ever. The grapes are now sourced from the La Plana vineyard within the Ygay estate, one of the higher-altitude plots at 485 meters. The grapes fermented and aged separately, the Tempranillo in American oak barrels and the Mazuelo in French barriques for 26 months, given its power. It has that seriousness, character and somehow rusticity of the Mazuelo, austere, harmonious and still young. It has good depth and concentration, still young and lively with fine tannins and a backbone of freshness that lifts it up. It will develop for a very long time in bottle. This is a great classical Rioja for the long haul. 109,000 bottles and some larger formats were produced. It was bottled in October 2014. The prices are increasing but so is the quality. The following vintages will be 2010, 2011 and possibly 2012. I cannot wait to taste them.”

96 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2018


“A special Rioja that’s traditional, but not old-fashioned. Dusty, licorice and spice nose with red fruit. A cool and elegant wine, in spite of the concentration. Long, firm finish. Expands with aeration. From vines planted in 1945. Drink or hold.”

95 points,, Dec 2018


“(aged in new American and French oak barrels for 28 months) Vivid ruby-red. A highly perfumed, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, cherry liqueur, coconut and cigar box, along with a sexy floral nuance that emerges slowly. Plush and seamless on the palate, offering sweet, deeply concentrated blackberry, cherry-vanilla and mocha flavours that are given spine and lift by a core of juicy acidity. Rich yet energetic in style, displaying superb finishing clarity, even tannins and a lingering spicecake note. The Tempranillo saw only American oak while the Mazuelo component saw only French. 2020-2030.”

94 points, Josh Reynolds, Feb 2019