2009 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, Marqués de Murrieta, Rioja

Until 2000 Castillo Ygay was a selection of barriques from the whole estate, but since then it’s become a single vineyard wine, with the best Tempranillo and Mazuelo from La Plana. This, the 53rd release, is a beauty. The nose is exotic and generous, with notes of cumin and other exotic spices, alongside stony minerality. The old vines here (the youngest were planted in 1950) give amazing depth and concentration, while the altitude of the vineyard ensures the wine remains fresh and cool. The palate is vibrant and expansive, with dried plums, tobacco, mulberry, and still fresh fruit alongside. The tannins are silky and mouth coating. Lasting for minutes, this is a stunning wine.

Critic score
96.5/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Spain
  • Grape
    81% Tempranillo/Aragonez/Tinta Roriz
    19% Carignan/Cariñena
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2039
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Magnum (150cl.)
2009 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, Marqués de Murrieta, Rioja

TASTING NOTES

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!

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (February 2018)
97/100

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.

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (February 2018)
96/100