The result of many years of experience, a renowned historic label. An icon of the Rioja Grandes Reservas of total quality and excellence. Exclusively produced with the best years of our best single vineyard, matured for two and a half years in American oak barrels and three years in bottle that give this wine a new depth, complexity and vivacity. Living legend of Rioja which has survived three centuries, destined to break records for its surprising vivacity of intense cherry colour which gives an amazing complexity. Its nose exhibits an aromatic intensity which seduces us with its red fruits, floral notes of truffles, incense and spicy touches. It caresses the palate with a satin texture. A Gran Reserva that shows strength, elegant bouquet, fruity intensity and impeccable balance.
Own single vineyard: An old single vineyard called La Plana located at 485 meters altitude within our 300 hectare Ygay Estate surrounding the winery in the southern point of Rioja Alta wine area. It is exclusively elaborated to be a gran reserva in the excellent quality vintages.
Grape varieties: 93% Tempranillo, 7% Mazuelo.
Manual harvest: From the 6th to the 10th of October.
Vinification: Grapes are first carefully de-stemmed, squeezed and then fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks for 12 days, with daily “remontage” and “pigeage” processes which help its wine to develop its own personality. Both these processes ensure maximum colour and aroma, without producing excessive tannins.
Ageging process: 31 month in 225 litter American oak barrels, with at least 10 months in new oak, and 36 months in bottle before release.
Pairing: All kind of red meats, game, ibericos and cured chesses.
Consimtion Temperature: 18º - 19ºC.
Decanting: We recommend to let it breathe for some minutes before consumption.
Peñín wine guide (spain): 97 points. Best Gran Reserva of Spain. “Exceptional Wine. It excels among those of a similar type, vintage and region. It is extremely impressive in every sense, elegant and out of the ordinary” by J. Peñín.
Wine spectator (usa): Top Wineries of the World.
Repsol wine guide (spain): 94 points. Best 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva. “Elegant, structured (...)”.
Proensa wine guide (spain): 94 points. by A. Proensa
Wine advocate (usa): 94 points. “The first vintage of the new era”. On the palate balsamic and other savoury notes make an appearance along with plenty of succulent black fruit. It has outstanding depth, concentration and balance. It is likely to have a 30 year lifespan” by R. Parker.
Wine & spirits (usa): Top 100 Best Wineries of the Year “Castillo Ygay is a modern take on the estate which now supplies all the fruit for Murrieta’s wines. It’s tightly built and concentrated with the sophistication and textual finesse that link it to Ygay. The 2001 Castillo is impresive” by J. Greene.
International wine cellar (usa): 92 points. “Impressively complex bouquet” by S. Tanzer.
Food & wine (usa): Best Wine of 2010. “It is a classic Rioja from a great vintage, and exemplifies everything that makes Rioja so appealing: silky cherry fruit, a kind of spicy earth note that suggests the Spanish terrain. All of its flavors and structural notes are in perfect balance” by R. Isle.