Marques de Murrieta

About Marques de Murrieta

Named after Luciano de Murrieta, who has long been considered the founding fathers of modern Rioja winemaking, Marqués de Murrieta winery was bought by Vicente Cebrián-Sagarriga in 1983. His son, Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga, began working at the winery at the age of 13. After the sudden passing of his father in 1996, Vicente took over the reins and channelled his grief into growing the winery to what it is today. These developments included buying land (all wines use estate-grown grapes) and increasing cellar space to allow long term bottle ageing.

 

Vicente is supported by María Vargas, one of the highest-profile winemakers in Spain. Joining the winery as an assistant winemaker in 1995, Maria was appointed the head winemaker in 2000 and is credited with inspiring other females in the industry.

 

The Winemaking and the Wines

Their flagship cuvée, the Castillo Y’Gay Rioja Gran Reserva Especial, needs little introduction. Made only in the best vintages from vines planted in 1950, the wine spent a decade maturing in the cellars before being released and had no problems impressing wine critics. Delivering “marvelous aromas of crushed berries, tobacco, cedar and mushrooms” (JS), Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate) reckons this to be one of the finest Rioja in modern days,  with “all the stuffing and balance that is needed for a long (and positive) aging in bottle”.

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Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 (6x75cl)
HK$8,250.00
2010

Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99)

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.
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Rioja 6x75cl 1 99 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$8,250.00
Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Reserva 1954 (1x75cl)
HK$5,995.00
1954

Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Reserva 1954 (1x75cl)
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Rioja 1x75cl 1 - HK$5,995.00
Marques de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Blanco 1986 (3x75cl)
HK$19,950.00
1986

Marques de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Blanco 1986 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

I have been terribly excited about this wine since I first learned that (part of) it was still in cement waiting to be bottled in September 2013. I consider the rare white Castillo Ygay one of the greatest white wines ever produced in Spain, and the 1986 Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial is a great addition to the portfolio of the winery--an historic wine that is coming back to life. I did a vertical tasting of many of the old, historic vintages of this wine, and they are included in a separate article in this very same issue. This 1986 had seen the light as a limited early release bottled in 1992 and sold around 1995, and some bottles might still be found in the market. But most of it remained unbottled and was kept at the winery, where it stayed in oak for 21 years, followed by some six years in cement vats until it was bottled. It has 13.5% alcohol, an extremely low pH of 2.98 and 6.75 grams of acidity (tartaric). It has a very subtle nose and it's a bit shy, a little closed at first. It was only bottled one and a half years ago, and it's not crazy to say that the wine is showing extremely young. The wine shows more open the day after, when it has developed some nuances of mushrooms and verbena tea. This is mostly Viura with perhaps a pinch of Malvasía Riojana (aka Alarije). The palate is both powerful and elegant, with superb acidity and great length, with volume and sharpness, with a mineral, umami-driven finish. It fills your mouth, tickles your taste buds and makes you salivate. There is nothing negative about the wine; there is no excess oak, nothing blurry, nothing to improve... perhaps the bottle used! I think this is a perfect wine. It seems to be getting younger and younger with time in the glass; it seems to be getting more focused and sharper, and I have no doubt the wine will evolve and last for a very, very, very long time in bottle. I kept the opened bottle for almost one week and the wine didn't move one inch--no oxidation or any signs of fatigue. Having tasted many other vintages, including the also perfect 1919 (which is still going strong at age 97), I have no doubt we're talking about a white for the next 50 years. Looking at the older vintages, I might even be underestimating its life span. The potential next release could be the 1998 in no less than ten years' time.
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Rioja 3x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$19,950.00
Marques de Murrieta Rioja Gran Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
HK$2,815.00
2012

Marques de Murrieta Rioja Gran Reserva 2012 (6x75cl)
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Rioja 6x75cl 1 - HK$2,815.00
Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (6x75cl)
HK$1,235.00
2016

Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (6x75cl)
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Rioja 6x75cl 26 - HK$1,235.00

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