Castillo Ygay
Gran Reserva Especial

It holds all the attributes that characterize the great wines of the world: elegance, exclusivity and eternity.

Castillo Ygay Tinto Gran Reserva Especial

Our flagship, a benchmark in the DO Rioja with an unquestionable recognition worldwide. It represents the consistency of a project started in 1852 and masterfully maintained. Part of its greatness resides on the fact that it is only made in selected vintages. Castillo Ygay has developed a great complexity over the years without losing its exceptional freshness and demonstrating its superb quality and marked elegance.

CASTILLO YGAY TINTO GRAN RESERVA ESPECIAL 2010

Castillo Ygay is always made from the best grapes sourced from La Plana, a 40-hectare (98-acre) vineyard, planted in 1950 and located at 485 meters above sea level, in the highest area of Ygay State, our 300-hectare estate in Rioja Alta.

A manually selected harvest is done in small crates to keep the perfect conditions of the grapes. Tempranillo was harvested on the 6th and 18th of October and mazuelo on the 21st of October of 2010.

Grapes are de-stemmed after going through a selection table. The grape varieties ferment separately in stainless steel tanks, with controlled temperature. The alcoholic fermentation lasts 11 days approx. , making regularly pumping over and punching down operations to favor the contact of the must with the skins and extract slowly the aromas and the phenolic compounds. After fermentation, the solid parts of the grapes are pressed in vertical presses, through a gentle and slow process that favors the extraction of color and ripe tannins that reside in the skin.

The wine is aged for 24 months in 225-litre american and french oak barrels.

Wood pigeon braised in red wine, cocoa, black pepper and iberian ham fat; Wagyu sirloin tartare, capers jam and soufflé potatoes; pil pil sauced hake cheeks; truffled cheese from Moliterno.

Grape varieties: 85% tempranillo and 15% mazuelo.

Alcohol level: 14% abv.

Bottling date: March of 2015.

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

Serving suggestions: Recommended service temperature: 16⁰C (60⁰F). Let the wine breathe for 30 minutes to show its full aromatic potential. 


Scores
CASTILLO YGAY TINTO GRAN RESERVA ESPECIAL 2010

  • WINE SPECTATOR: "BEST WINE OF THE WORLD".

  • EN - FALSTAFF (Germany): 100 points.

  • JAMES SUCKLING (USA): 99 points.

  • GUÍA PROENSA (SPAIN): 98 points.

  • DECANTER (UK): 97 points.

  • GUÍA GOURMETS (SPAIN): 97 points.

  • ROBERT PARKER (USA): 97 points.

  • TIM ATKIN (UK): 96 points.

  • VINOUS MEDIA (USA): 97 POINTS.

  • VIVINO (App): 4,5/5.

Tasting note

Castillo Ygay shows an elegant aromatic range with strawberry and ripe raspberry enhanced with aromas of cloves and nutmeg, tea leaves, fine leathers and graphite. In the mouth, it is a deep, fresh and refined wine; with a long finish and velvety tannins. The main characteristic of this wine is the perfect balance of all and every one of its components. 

"The excellence of the 2010 vintage has given us a Castillo Ygay that will be unforgettable". María Vargas, Technical Director of Marqués de Murrieta.


Castillo Ygay
Gran Reserva Especial