The wine Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986 from Marqués de Murrieta has been crowned the best white wine in the world (in the absolute category) in the Wine Style Awards 2020 presented by Vivino, the most important app for wine lovers.
To find out the best wines we have traditionally looked to the group of experts at specialist magazines like Wine Spectator, The Wine Advocate, Falstaff, the Peñín Guide, etc. who taste and rate wines (from 1 to 100 points) to create their famous guides. Vivino has a more democratic approach to its scores, taking not only expert opinion into account, but also the opinions of the 43 million global consumers who vote through its app.
At Vivino, the wines are scored using a system of 1 to 5 stars, and any wines with an average score of above 4.5 stars are considered to be unique and extraordinary wines (equivalent to 99 traditional points). This makes it possible to create the most comprehensive guide of all, including nearly 2 million wines. In 2020, Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986 tops the list with 4.7 stars, the maximum score achieved by any white wine. The top 25 wines in this prestigious ranking include a wide variety of French wines and only one Spanish wine, Castillo Ygay, at the top position above all the other white wines in the world. (See ranking)
After ageing 252 months in American oak barrels, 67 months in a concrete tank and 2 years in bottles, Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986 was launched in 2016 and made history as the first Spanish white wine to ever get 100 Parker points. Luis Gutierrez, a critic at “The Wine Advocate” magazine, said that it was “one of the best white wines that I have ever tasted in my whole life”.
In addition to this great honour, the winery is also celebrating the 100 Falstaff points received recently by Castillo Ygay Tinto Gran Reserva Especial 2010, currently on sale at its website www.marquesdemurrieta.com
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial – Red and White – is a label with over a hundred years of history that represents the raison d’être of Marqués de Murrieta: to create quality wines that push beyond the limits of time, endure throughout history, and are forever at the peak of worldwide excellence.