• Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja 2009 97

    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja 2009

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    97pts Tim Atkin

    96pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    " This is another stylish, complex and world-class red. 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." ~ Tim Atkin

    Hailing from a winery over 160 years old, today's offer is the Marquis de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja. It's balanced, elegant and powerful, with serious fruit and wonderful ageability. Get a few bottles. It's ready to drink now, finally, so plan your first meal, and set the other bottles on the display shelf of your wine closet so that everybody can admire them. Offer those first glasses with patatas con chorizo, a delicious tapas of fried potatoes with perky chorizo. The beautiful aromatics of this Gran Reserva will complement a Spanish-style chicken casserole with sweet red peppers, onions and pimenton for the next course. Grilled beef tenderloin with mushrooms will reach out to the tannins and earthiness of this Spanish Rioja. The sweet spiciness of butterflied, grilled lamb will bring out the fruit of the wine like a pro. What tickles your culinary fancy??

    Tim Atkin: "Following on from the 2005 and 2007 releases, this is another stylish, complex and world-class red. 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." Jun 2018

    Robert Parker, Jr's Wine Advocate: "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. Drink 2018-2035. 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...

    In 2017 they celebrated their 165th anniversary, and they have been able to keep an updated, classical profile in their wines." Feb 2018

    Winery:  "The result of many years of experience, a renowned historic label. An icon of the Rioja Grandes Reservas of total quality and excellence. Exclusively produced with the best years of our best single vineyard, matured for two and a half years in American oak barrels and three years in bottle that give this wine a new depth, complexity and vivacity. Living legend of Rioja which has survived three centuries, destined to break records for its surprising vivacity of intense cherry colour which gives an amazing complexity. Its nose exhibits an aromatic intensity which seduces us with its red fruits, floral notes of truffles, incense and spicy touches. It caresses the palate with a satin texture. A Gran Reserva that shows strength, elegant bouquet, fruity intensity and impeccable balance.

    Pairing: Poached turbot in its pil-pil sauce slightly baked, crunchy purple garlic crumbs; candied and regenerated Bresse pigeon, cauliflower and red wine macerated pear; baked beef sirloin, cameroon black pepper and wild mushrooms; roasted suckling pig with baked apple."

    Bottle:       
    750ml, cork
    Varietal: 81% Tempranillo, 19% Mazuelo
    Alcohol %:
    14.0%
    Aging: 26 months in 225 litre American & French oak barrels
    Region: Rioja Alta, Spain
    Imports Limited to 1,800 dozen