Marques De Murrieta 2010 Castillo Ygay Reserva Especial Rioja

Marques De Murrieta 2010 Castillo Ygay Reserva Especial Rioja - The Spanish Table

Marques De Murrieta 2010 Castillo Ygay Reserva Especial Rioja

Marques de Murrieta is one of the classic producers of Rioja and their Castillo Ygay is always one of the top of the heap. It is possibly the most round, suave, elegant, velvety wine in our extensive collection and in our opinion is one of Spain's 'super-wines'.
2010 was an epic vintage for Rioja. It has been officially rated (by the DoC as "Excellent") and many hail it as a 'vintage of the century'. As a result, the Ygay, which normally scores in the mid-90s is close to a 100 points in this vintage. Rightly so, it has made the #1 wine of the Wine Spectator's Top 100 list as well.This wine is hard to come by and we have the last few bottles.
96 points Wine Spectator (also #1 on Top 100 of 2020)
97 points Luis Gutierrez (The Wine Advocate)
99 points James Suckling
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Wine Type

Red Wine








Tempranillo, Mazuelo



Farming Method


96 points Wine Spectator (also #1 on Top 100 of 2020): "Maturing well, this round red is a lovely example of the traditional style. Orange peel, dried cherry, forest floor, vanilla and black tea flavors mingle harmoniously over round tannins and citrusy acidity. Generous but gentle, lively, balanced and harmonious. Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2030. 7,500 cases made, 680 cases imported."

99 points James Suckling: "Marvelous aromas of crushed berries, tobacco, cedar and mushrooms. Some dried cheese. Then turns to flowers. Very complex. Full and intense with fantastic depth and power. It goes on for minutes. It is a wine that exudes tradition but gives a sense of modernity with precise winemaking. Two years in oak, one in concrete and three or four in bottle. Drink on release and age onwards. "

97 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate: "I had very high expectations for the 2010 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, and the wine delivered as expected. 2010 was one of the finest vintages in Rioja in recent years, and this blend of Tempranillo with 15% Mazuelo (Cariñena) has to be one of the finest modern day Castillo de Ygays. The grapes come from a plot planted in 1966 at 485 meters in altitude, the highest in the estate, and the vines yielded 3,500 kilos per hectare. The two varieties fermented separately in stainless steel for 11 days, and the wine spent 26 months in a mixture of American and French oak barrels. I tasted the 2009 next to this 2010, and I had also had a bottle two nights before. So, I was able to compare this with the 2009, which was a very different year, as 2010 was a cooler year and a priori a more adequate year for long-aging wines like this Gran Reserva. The difference was the vegetative cycle, as the vinification and élevage was the same. This is sleeker and sharper, less developed and livelier than the 2009, which already shows some signs of "old wine" with aromas that remind me of the old classical Rioja reds. It has greatness and finesse and is a very attractive wine with all the stuffing and balance that is needed for a long (and positive) aging in bottle. This is one of the finest modern day vintages of Castillo Ygay. This is going to develop in the direction of the classical bottlings from yesteryear."

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