O Produtor, tasting note published in May 27th 2014
This is a wine of pale gold color. Pear nectar, orange zest, beeswax, fennel, vanilla and honey on the explosively perfumed, and highly complex nose. Densely packed citrus fuits, candied fig and chamomile flavors are sharpened by juicy acidity and a jolt of minerality. Juicy and penetrating on the extremely long, spice-laced finish, which eventually leaves behind mineral and orange pith notes.
Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986, a real gem made by Marqués de Murrieta, has been rated 100 Points by Robert Parker. This is the first time such an important accolade is given to a white wine is Spain. After being tasted by Luis Gutierrez, the critic responsible for reviewing Spanish wines in Robert Parker’s ‘The Wine Advocate’, he states that it is “one of the best white wines I’ve ever tasted in my whole life.” Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986 stands as the only wine that has reached the highest score, an even more difficult achievement for a white wine. Wineyards: The grapes selected for this wine come from Pago Capellanía, planted in 1945 and located at an altitude of 485 metres in the highest area of our Finca Ygay. Rioja Alta. Varieties: 97% Viura, 3% Malvasía. Harvest: Production began in early October, at a slow and progressive pace, as required by the weather conditions which, in turn, contributed to the optimum development of the grapes and also helped to achieve the optimum moment of ripeness. Grapes of the Viura variety, which produces large bunches of small grapes, were the first to be harvested. Alcohol content of the grapes was 13.5%, with high levels of acidity. Vinification: The whole cluster of grapes was crushed and then pressed in a wooden twin-screw vertical wine press. Fermentation took place in American oak barrels. Ageing process: 252 months in 225 litres American oak barriques. 67 months in a concrete tank. Bottling date: 29th January 2014. Number of bottles: 8.125 bottles (75 cl.).
Marqués de Murrieta
Marqués de Murrieta´s foundation is linked to the origins of the Rioja wines since Luciano Murrieta produced in 1852 the first Rioja wine and was also the first one to export his wines. Luciano, appointed Marquis by the King Amadeo of Savoy thanks to his work in Rioja, travelled to Bordeaux to learn the winemaking techniques that he introduced later in Spain. He established the concept of “château” in the Ygay Estate where he built the emblematic Ygay Castle. In 1983 Vicente Cebrián Sagarriga, tenth Count of Creixell, took over the project. He modernized the winery and with his entrepreneurial vocation he continued the legacy of Marqués de Murrieta. After his death his eldest son, Vicente D. Cebrián-Sagarriga, current Count of Creixell, assumed together with his sister Cristina the management of the winery, accompanied by a young and qualified team. Over the years, the Count of Creixell´s family has become the perfect continuity to maintain the balance between tradition and modernity positioning Marqués de Murrieta in the 21st century in a privileged position in the world.