White wine made by Marques de Murrieta (97% Viura, 3% Malvasía)
One of the best white Spanish wines of all time and deserving of the magic figure of 100 points Parker. Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986 * is a wine hidden almost in secret and with a perfect result.
A wine, despite its 21 years in barrel aging and over 5 years in cement deposit, is very young, and can give excellent results during the next half century as only the best wines in the world can do so.
Very old vineyards located in Finca Ygay. The vineyard has an altitude difference from 320 to 485 meters.
Hand Harvesting. It began during the first days of October 1986 with slow and progressive rhythm. The climatic conditions of that year so advised, helping with this the optimum development of the grape. The Viura variety, which makes up most of the wine, was the first to be harvested, reaching at that time a good state of maturity.
The whole bunch was crushed and then pressed in a vertical press of double-spindle wood. Fermentation in the Castle of Ygay, inside tinos of wood of 18.000 liters (a size that corresponds to the one of 80 barrels).
21 year (252 months) in American oak barrels of 225 liters. Subsequently spent 5 years and 7 more months in cement deposit.
Bright gold color. Subtle nose at first, but gradually it opens up to develop some nuances of mushrooms and verbena tea.In the mouth it is powerful and elegant, with an excellent acidity and great length, volume and sharpness, with a mineral touch and a tasty finish.
The story of Marques de Murrieta begins in the mid-nineteenth century, when Luciano Murrieta and García-Lemoine, Marquis de Murrieta, decided to turn Rioja wine into a noble wine.
The key to the quality and style of the wines of Marques de Murrieta reside in its Finca Ygay. 300 hectares of self-controlled and integrated vineyards around the winery, in the south of the Rioja Alta wine sub-area, a few kilometers from the region’s capital.
The Ygay farm enjoys a mainly continental climate, tempered to the north by the Sierra de Cantabria. The different altitudes, ages and expositions of the vineyard allow you to offer a diversity that is evident in the six varieties of grapes cultivated, five of them inks: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and the last one, variety White Viura.