100 point wine from Spain is a White! 1986 Marqués de Murrieta - For the first time ever a white wine from Spain has been rated 100 points by serious US wine press.
Robert Parker wine reviewer Luis Gutiérrez scored the 1986 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Blanco 100 points in an August issue of the Wine Advocate. Gutiérrez had tasted the wine before, which was partly bottled and released in 1992. Since then he points out that the remaining wine was kept in oak barrels for 21 years! Then kept in a concrete tank for 6 years. How incredible to be lively, fresh, focused, and not oxidized after so much time. What an accomplishment for the Spanish wine industry as a whole, and of course for Marqués de Murrieta. It is also a great reminder of Spain’s great white wines that are ascending in quality. At such a high price per bottle, it is too bad few if any of us will ever get to taste it.
This wine comes from the Finca Ygay, an estate of Marqués de Murrieta in Rioja Alta. At Finca Ygay, the grapes are from the Capellanía vineyard, which according to their site was planted in 1945 and which is located at the highest point of their estate. It is 97% Viura and 3% Malvasía.
Marqués de Murrieta’s President receives Gentleman’s ‘Best Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award
Marqués de Murrieta gains more accolades this year! After receiving the Best Entrepreneur of the Year Award from both Actualidad Económica and Condé Nast, Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell, has received his third award, this time from the prestigious publication Gentleman. This award further highlights the success of Marqués de Murrieta and Pazo de Barrantes wineries, and it’s president’s expertise and know-how.
This know-how that has been made possible, as he points out, by the “daily, honest and responsible work” of his team and it is thanks to this he has been able to fulfil his 19 yearlong dream;
“I dreamed that this renovated winery would become one of the foremost wineries in the world and a few months ago we were named the Best Winery in the World. I dreamed that our wines would reach the highest positions in tastings around the world and less than two months ago, the most important American publication certified that our wines had achieved the highest scores, ranking among the 20 best wines in the world. I also dreamed of a strong presence for our wines outside of Spain and today we are in 100 countries around the world and our export has reached 70%”.
Dreams do come true and it is the recognition of awards bestowed by Gentleman, Actualidad Económica and Condé Nast that continue to drive the daily work of the Best Entrepreneur of the Year and the Best Winery of the World.
Marqués de Murrieta supports Spanish and international sport
Chosen as the official wine of the Mutua Madrid Open 2015 for the fifth consecutive year, Marqués de Murrieta has exceeded all expectations, recording a real success in this new edition, in which sport, entertainment and gastronomy have all three turned into protagonists in equal measure.
The consumption of our wines has reached during the ten-day tournament the figure of 14.000 bottles, that all guests in the VIP tent of the prestigious sporting event were able to enjoy. Thus, about 3.000 attendees per day enjoyed Marqués de Murrieta’s wines, accompanied by the best catering.
And they not only enjoyed our wines: many personalities gathered at Marqués de Murrieta’s stand, where virtual photos became an attraction for all attendees. In it, we could also see our guests to the box, such as Nieves Alvarez, Maria Leon and Laura Sanchez, as well as Eugenia Martinez de Irujo and her brother Fernando, or Nuria González and Goya Toledo, among many others.
In addition to its tennis support, Marqués de Murrieta has also been present in the VIP tent in Montmelo’s circuit, which has hosted by the GP of Cataluña.
His Majesty the King Juan Carlos inaugurates the Ygay Castle, emblematic building of the Marqués de Murrieta winery
After more than eight years of restoring works, the historic Ygay Castle, birthplace of the first project of Rioja wines, reopens its doors as the most important vitiviniculture project in Spain and one of the most important in the world.
His Majesty the King Juan Carlos, in one of his few public appearances, inaugurates the Ygay Castle after its restoring project as centrepiece of the wine industry in Rioja and as the main building of the Marqués de Murrieta Winery