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    wagyu sirloin tartare

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CASTILLO YGAY, CHOSEN AS BEST GRAN RESERVA IN THE WORLD

Falstaff magazine, one of the most prestigious publications in the world of wine and cuisine, has published their much-anticipated ratings, having given 100 points to four Castillo Ygay vintages, from the winery Marqués de Murrieta. These vintages include the recently launched Castillo Ygay 2010.

After an historic vertical tasting, Falstaff critic and editor, Peter Moser, gives the highest rating, the coveted 100 points, to four of the tasted Castillo Ygay vintages: 1925, 1934, 1986 and 2010. Something unique which positions this wine as the best Gran Reserva in the World and one of the best wines in history.

The first winery of the Rioja region, known as one of the best wineries in the world, shows that the highest quality is only achieved through effort and passion. In 2020, it repeats the achievement of rising up with the highest rating of international critiques, positioning a Spanish wine as a benchmark of quality around the world.  The recently presented wine, Castillo Ygay 2010, has begun making history even before its arrival on the market with big international critiques and in the words of Peter Moser himself, “it is without a doubt, one of the best Ygays”.

After spending 24 months in American oak barrels and being perfected in the bottle for 5 more years, in January 2020, Castillo Ygay 2010 was born, and receives this rating as a crowning jewel of the very high ratings already given by big national and international critics such as Robert Parker and James Suckling with 97 and 99 points respectively.

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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: Castillo Ygay is always made from grapes sourced from La Plana, a 40-hectare (98- acres) single-vineyard, planted in 1950 and located on a plateau at the highest point of our Finca Ygay, at 485 metres above sea level.

Alcohol content: 14%.

Grape varieties: 85% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo.

Manual harvest:Tempranillo was harvested on the 6th of October and Mazuelo on October the 21th.

Wine making: Bunches are de-stemmed and gently crushed, before being racked into stainless steel vats. Fermentation takes around eleven days, during which we pump over and punch down the cap in order to extract aromas and poliphenols slowly and naturally.

Ageging process: The wine is aged for 24 months in 225-litre American and French oak barrels.

Bottling date: March 2015.

Number of bottles: 130,853 (0.75 l)., 2,025 (1.5l), 204 (3l) y 7 (18l)

Pairing: Wood pigeon braised in red wine, cocoa, black pepper and Iberian ham fat; wagyu sirloin tartare, capers jam and soufflé potatoes; pil pil hake cheeks, codfish crispy skin and candied crystal pepper; Moliterno cheese with black truffles, sour cherry jam and Castillo Ygay red wine.

Serving suggestions: We recommend decanting the wine for 20 minutes and serve at around 14°-16° C to let the wine breathe and show its full aromatic potential.

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Vintage 2010

"WINE OF THE YEAR 2020" Tim Atkin

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Marvelous aromas of crushed berries, tobacco, cedar and mushrooms. Some dried cheese. Then turns to flowers. Very complex. Full and intense with fantastic depth and power. It goes on for minutes. It is a wine that exudes tradition but gives a sense of modernity with precise winemaking. Two years in oak, one in concrete and three or four in bottle. Drink on release and age onwards.

  • 99p

I had very high expectations for the 2010 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, and the wine delivered as expected. 2010 was one of the finest vintages in Rioja in recent years, and this blend of Tempranillo with 15% Mazuelo (Cariñena) has to be one of the finest modern day Castillo de Ygays. The grapes come from a plot planted in 1966 at 485 meters in altitude, the highest in the estate, and the vines yielded 3,500 kilos per hectare. The two varieties fermented separately in stainless steel for 11 days, and the wine spent 26 months in a mixture of American and French oak barrels. I tasted the 2009 next to this 2010, and I had also had a bottle two nights before. So, I was able to compare this with the 2009, which was a very different year, as 2010 was a cooler year and a priori a more adequate year for long-aging wines like this Gran Reserva. The difference was the vegetative cycle, as the vinification and élevage was the same. This is sleeker and sharper, less developed and livelier than the 2009, which already shows some signs of "old wine" with aromas that remind me of the old classical Rioja reds. It has greatness and finesse and is a very attractive wine with all the stuffing and balance that is needed for a long (and positive) aging in bottle. This is one of the finest modern day vintages of Castillo Ygay. This is going to develop in the direction of the classical bottlings from yesteryear. 130,853 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2015.

2018 was the first harvest vinified in the new winery. After rebuilding the historical Castillo de Ygay, they decided to renovate the fermentation room. This year, the Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva was from the 2010 vintage, an excellent year in Rioja and one of the best in recent times for this iconic bottling. Their annual production averages 1.5 million bottles.

  • 97p

“Rich and complex Tempranillo-based wine with depth and fresh, juicy blackberry; nuances of oak, toast and vanilla.”

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The wine shows an elegant range of aromas in which the strawberry and raspberry scents are enhanced with clove and nutmeg touches and hints of tea leaves, fine leather and graphite. In the palate, it is a deep, fresh and refined wine, with a long finish and velvety tannins. If there is something that stands out in this wine is above all, the perfect balance between all its components. “The excellence of the 2010 vintage has resulted in a Castillo Ygay we believe will unforgettable” María Vargas, Enóloga.

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