Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial

Rioja, Spain

Vintage:2007 (Past)

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Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2007
  • JS 98
  • WA 95+
  • JD 94
  • D 93
  • V 92
  • WS 92
  • WE 91


Jeb Dunnuck

94 Points

December 13, 2018, Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial is a more elegant, perfumed example of this wine yet it still has beautiful ripeness and depth in its sweet black raspberry, currants, spicy oak, floral, and vanilla-laced aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied richness, it’s not massive by any measure yet is beautifully balanced and seamless, and this beauty just glides over the palate. It’s still a baby and needs a solid 4-5 years, if not a decade, to hit prime time.”


93 Points

March 1, 2018, Tim Atkin

“Appealing red fruits sweep across a sweet and succulent palate. Lively fruit and finely grained, grippy tannins. Great drinkability and superb balance.”

Vinous Media

92 Points

May 1, 2017, Josh Raynolds

“Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of blackberry, cherry, pipe tobacco and Indian spices acquire an intense floral nuance in the glass. Fleshy dark fruit and rose pastille flavors open up steadily with air and show impressive energy, and a mineral note adds lift. Clings impressively on the subtly tannic finish, where the floral and spice notes return.”

Wine Enthusiast

91 Points

June 1, 2016, Michael Schachner

“This appealing Rioja hits with prune and raisin aromas. On the palate, bulky, grabby tannins are rugged and provide structure to an otherwise very ripe wine. Flavors of coconut, mocha, plum and black currant give this a Mounds bar character.”

98 Points

March 17, 2016, James Suckling

“The aromas show amazing freshness of flowers and herbs such as lavender, rosemary and violet. Then it goes to raspberry, candy, currants and liquorice. A truly great nose. Full-bodied, racy and linear. It’s like a red ruby. 86% tempranillo and 14% mazuelo. Give it three years or so. Or decant two hours in advance.”

#13 of Top 100 Wines

November 4, 2015, James Suckling

“The aromas of this show an amazing freshness of flowers and herbs such as lavender, rosemary, and violet. Then it goes to raspberry, candy and currants. Black licorice too. A truly great wine on the nose. Full-bodied, racy and linear. So polished. It's like a red ruby. 86% tempranillo and 14% mazuelo in the blend. For release in September 2015. Great length and future. Give it three years or so. Or decant two hours in advance.”

The Wine Advocate

95+ Points

April 1, 2015, Luis Gutierrez

“A worthy follow-up of the 2007, the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial will be released in late 2015. This is a cuvée of mostly Tempranillo with the balance of Mazuelo (Cariñena), a very important grape for Castillo de Ygay in percentages that vary depending on the vintage, and it's almost 15% in 2007. 2007 was not an easy vintage and in Ygay they had a terrible mildew attack and they lost 50% of the bunches. It‘s a cold, rainy year, but because of that circumstance the wine is concentrated. This is still a baby, long and with depth and tannins that should melt in a couple of years. Compared with the 2005 it is fresher, perhaps not as concentrated, but for me the extra freshness compensates and puts it at a very similar quality level. And the rule of thumb is to wait at least ten years after the harvest to start uncorking any Castillo de Ygay. Cheap it is not, but very good value it is, for the quality it delivers. 110,000 bottles were produced. There will be no Castillo de Ygay in 2008, but there will be 2009, 2010 and 2011. That's something exceptional to have three vintages in a row.”

Wine Spectator

92 Points

January 1, 2015, Thomas Matthews

“Lively and graceful, offering bright cherry, vanilla, clove and tobacco flavors that mingle harmoniously over well-integrated tannins, this red is not muscular but focused and expressive, balanced and long. Drink now through 2022.”


Only the finest vintages from the 741-acre (300-hectare) Ygay Estate are used to make Castillo Ygay. This Gran Reserva Especial is made from Tempranillo and Mazuelo from vineyards located at 500 meters above sea level. Limited in production and sought after all over the world, it is the worthy choice for our emblematic Castillo Ygay label. The Cebrián-Sagarriga family, who in 1983 acquired the Marqués de Murrieta winery, established in 1852, has a distinct winemaking philosophy that is founded in the pursuit of quality and excellence through tradition and innovation.


The grapes are manually harvested from an 80 year old single vineyard called La Plana located at the highest peak within the Ygay Estate which surrounds the winery in the southern point of the Rioja Alta wine subzone. The Tempranillo was harvested on the 27th of September and the Mazuelo on the 13th of October. The grapes were first carefully de-stemmed and squeezed and then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 11 days with daily remontage and pigeage processes to help develop the wine's personality. These processes ensured maximum color and aroma without producing excessive tannin. The wine spent 28 months in 225 liter oak barrels, and then three years in the bottle before being released to the market.

Food Pairing

The Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial pairs well with red meats, game, ibericos and cured cheeses. We recommend you decant the wine before serving at 64 to 66ºF (18 to 19ºC).

Technical Information

Varietals: 86% Tempranillo, 14% Mazuelo

Wine Alcohol: 14%