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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.
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.
"WINE OF THE YEAR 2020" Tim Atkin