2005 Castillo Ygay · “A life-changing elixir” · Matthew Jukes



According to Matthew Jukes, one of the most influential wine writers and relevant wine buyer in the UK, 2005 Castillo Ygay, with fit tannins and lashings of American oak, is a mighty and imposing wine with a pure and captivating fruit flavor that makes it one of the most monumental wines he has ever tasted.

2005 Castillo Ygay, Marqués de Murrieta, Tinto Gran Reserva Especial – Early Release, Rioja, Spain

Matthew Jukes, wine expert

“I don’t much like what I call ‘old-fashioned Rioja’. That stench of decay coupled with medicinal-tinged barrels leaching out the bright berry fruit notes from the once livid Tempranillo grapes and transforming the wine into a vinous Benylin is a flavour to which I will never become accustomed. Not all historic producers though have this fetid scent in their wines. The great MdM launched this epic wine late last year and here is my trumpet voluntary alerting you to its greatness. Coming from a single vineyard called La Plana it is one of the most monumental wines I have ever tasted. Youthful, with fit tannins and lashings of American oak (30 months!) this is a mighty and imposing wine and the fruit is so pure and captivating that my throat tightened and I immediately felt I was in the presence of a life-changing elixir. I won’t give you my score for this leviathan, it’s too vulgar to discuss such an enormous number, but I urge you to take advantage of the early release of this mythical creation.”

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