Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 1978 and 2004
During the 2011 Vinexpo in Bordeaux I had the chance to taste a lot of wines. I’m finally starting to write about some of the wines that impressed me at this fair. Today is all about Marques de Murrieta’s wines. Out of the 5-7 wines they had available for tasting at the booth, there were 3 wines that shined out.
Retailing for about 80 Eur in the Spanish wine shops, this wine is made in an International style. A very dark almost opaque purple color. Oaky on the nose, with opulent aromas of dark fruits and spice, this full bodied wine is made in a Modern-style, to please the crowds. Big tannins, rich flavors and concentrated, the wine has a medium to long finish with sweet black fruits. (86-87/100)
The wine that made famous this Bodega is the interesting Castilo Ygay, both in red and white. Produced only in the best years, the wine is made from a separate vineyard and aged for a minimum of 36 months in American oak. I had mixed feelings about Ygay because, as much as I liked the 2001 Castillo Ygay, I was really disappointed by the Ygay 1989. I was however curious to taste the new vintage released. Oddly enough, Castillo Ygay sells for a lower price than the Dalmau.
2004 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
The color is a youthful dark red garnet. The nose seems still tight, with apparent oaky flavors, mixed with red fruits, spice and yoghurt. Medium bodied and well structured on the palate, the wine has charming aromas of red fruit, spice and a light touch of earth. The finish is fresh and fruity. The wine doesn’t impress at this stage, but further bottle aging will do the trick. (88/100)
By far the most interesting wine of this producer and a serious contender for the Wine of the Fair for me was the 1978 Ygay. The lady from the booth was very kind and offered me a glass of this old bottle of wine she was keeping hidden in a drawer.
1978 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
Blend of 75% Tempranillo, 12% Mazuelo, 10% Garnacha Tinta and 3% Graciano, this wine was aged in barrel for an insanely amount of time: 216 months – that’s about 18 years and another 10 years in the bottle.
The wine has already a light red almost copper color. The nose is mature, but beautiful and complex. Aromas of autumn forest floor mixed with sweet red fruit, earth, smoke and a touch of spice seduce you instantly. At least that’s how I felt. The wine is very youthful in the mouth, medium bodied, with integrated tannins, smoothly textured and elegant, it exhibits sweet red fruit, cedar, vanilla and earth on the palate. Perfect integration of the oak and a really nice mouth-feel. The finish is a bit sweet with good freshness. The wine has an amazing drinkability and surprises with its elegance and its intense aromas. Rioja at its best that can go so well with food. (92-93/100)
Unfortunately not available for sale, not even at the winery as far as I understood.