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Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2011

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial

A fine collectors' wine which gets better over time


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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production100,000 - 130,000 bottles

The wine

Castillo Ygay is the Marqués de Murrieta flagship and the most senior of all its wines, a century-old label among Rioja wines and an icon amid its Gran Reservas. A wine of exceptionally good quality, very elegant, solely produced in the best vintage years.

What does this wine taste like?

Castillo Ygay is a long and profound wine. It has astonishing complexity, with an intensely aromatic nose and a caressingly satin texture on the palate. A Gran Reserva that boasts muscle, an elegant bouquet, fruit intensity and impeccable balance. Fresh, concentrated and with a long life ahead, over many decades. Quality of this sort has a price, but the pleasure it gives is guaranteed.

Morello cherry red
Higly aromatic / Red fruit / Flowers / Truffle / Incense / Spices
Velvety / Structured / Elegant / Balanced

Drinking and storing

We recommend decanting an hour before serving.

Serve between 17ºC and 19ºC

Food pairing

Red meat
Stews and soups

Grilled beef, T-bone steak, Mushrooms, Dishes with truffles , Oven-cooked game meat

Ratings and awards

201194 WS
201097 PK95 PN99 SK96 WS
200996 PK96 PN94 WS
200795+ PK94 PN
200596 PK95 PN
200495 PK95 PN
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: SucklingWS: Wine spectator

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

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.

— Luís Gutiérrez (28/06/2019)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2010 - 97 PARKER

Customer reviews

12 reviews

Wine making

The two varieties are matured separately, the Tempranillo in American oak barrels for 28 months, and the Mazuelo, also for 28 months, but in French oak barrels. Both wines carry out the initial phase of their ageing process in new barrels and, once the final blend has been obtained and before bottling, the wine spends six months in concrete tanks. Lastly, the wine is refined in bottle for a minimum of three years.

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period28 months
Type of woodAmerican and french oak


Finca Ygay

The varieties partaking in its blend are the Tempranillo and Mazuelo, using selected grapes from the La Plana vineyard, located in the highest part of the exceptional Ygay estate, at an altitude of 485 metres.

Vine age56 years
YieldsVery low yields
Surface area40.00 hectares
Altitude485.00 meters

The winery

Marqués de Murrieta

Marqués de Murrieta

Marqués de Murrieta is one of the most historic Spanish wineries. Its origins date back to 1852 when Luciano de Murrieta started trading his wines in the New World. Today, 165 years later, the impressive Ygay estate seems untouched by the passage of time, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Nowadays, Vicente D. Cebrián-Sagarriga, the present Count of Creixell, manages the winery with his sister Cristina and a skilled young team which understands how to...