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    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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    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,323.35
    2010

    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 (1x150cl)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x150cl 5 99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,323.35
    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,574.87
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 12 99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,574.87
    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2011 (1x300cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,268.32
    2011

    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2011 (1x300cl)

    James Suckling (98)

    Extremely well-mannered, traditional character to this, showing layer upon layer of savory complexity on the nose, with iron, dried meat, tobacco, balsamic fruit, dried red berries, orange peel, leather and dried mushrooms. A medium-to full-bodied, linear and zesty Rioja that’s full of nuanced flavors that linger through the very long, savory finish. Floral, too. Yet, it remains bright and precise. Tempranillo with 16% mazuelo. Drink on release or hold.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x300cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,268.32
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Blanco 1986 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,176.44
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 3x75cl 3 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,176.44
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2013 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £239.27
    2013

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2013 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (91)

    Curious red with dried berry, light raisin and floral character, and just a hint of green. Follows through to a full body and firm, silky tannins. Drink now.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 1 91 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £239.27
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2015 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £198.55
    2015

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2015 (1x150cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (94)

    Fresh, serious, stylish and well balanced, this is a delightful 2015, with no sign of the heat of the vintage.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x150cl 1 94 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £198.55
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £196.07
    2015

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2015 (6x75cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (94)

    Fresh, serious, stylish and well balanced, this is a delightful 2015, with no sign of the heat of the vintage.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Rioja 6x75cl 1 94 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £196.07
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (1x300cl)
    Inc. VAT: £398.32
    2016

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (1x300cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x300cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £398.32
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (1x600cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,399.02
    2016

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (1x600cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x600cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £1,399.02
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £217.67
    2016

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 14 - Inc. VAT: £217.67
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £134.87
    2017

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2017 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    The red 2017 Rioja Reserva is their flagship wine, of which they produce 900,000 bottles exclusively from grapes from their 300 hectares of estate vineyards. It's a blend of 83% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo (Cariñena) and 2% Garnacha and has the character of the vintage, ripe and warm but without excess. The varieties fermented separately, even different plots fermented separately, and they also aged in barrel on their own. The blend is done at the end, after 20 months in American oak barrels. 2017 was a challenging year that they still consider a better vintage than 2018, as they see more concentration and power. The wine is quite lactic and creamy, still showing very young. It does feel undeveloped and in need of some time in bottle. The wine has concentration and clout, and I always consider it an ultimate example of an updated classical Reserva from Rioja. 2017 was the earliest harvest (started and finished in September), a warm and dry year when the Ygay estate miraculously escaped the terrible frost that decimated most of Europe. The challenge for this wine was to contain the ripeness and power, and they have done it. This will be released in spring 2021, so it should be a lot more integrated by then. This is always a sure value. Volumes are lower this year.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    2-3 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 18 93 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £134.87
    Marques Murrieta Rioja Dalmau Reserve 1995 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £679.67
    1995

    Marques Murrieta Rioja Dalmau Reserve 1995 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (86)

    Saturated red-ruby. Port-like aromas of cassis, chocolate, fresh herbs and walnut skin; distinct overripe/underripe character. Smooth, dense and concentrated, with lush flavors of plum, strawberry and nutty oak marred by a hint of intrusive lemony acidity. Finishes with ripe but slightly dry tannins and a suggestion of cooked berries.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 1 86 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £679.67
    Marques Murrieta Rioja Dalmau Reserve 2007 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £583.67
    2007

    Marques Murrieta Rioja Dalmau Reserve 2007 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (92)

    Cut from a (well-tailored) modern cloth, the excellent 2007 Dalmau has a dark broody nose with black plum, cassis and cedar. It demonstrates well-integrated oak and fine delineation. The palate is full-bodied with an unashamedly oak-laden entry that suffuses the blackberry, vanilla pod and blueberry notes that sweep over the mouth. There are subtle touches of pain grille and cooked meats underlying the dense black fruit, but what I admire is the focus and freshness maintained from start to finish. It has barely started to show what it can do, but I look forward to tasting this in ten years time. Drink 2018-2030.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £583.67
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £2,765.00
    2010

    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 (1x150cl)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x150cl 5 99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,765.00
    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,299.00
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 12 99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,299.00
    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2011 (1x300cl)
    In Bond: £1,048.00
    2011

    Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2011 (1x300cl)

    James Suckling (98)

    Extremely well-mannered, traditional character to this, showing layer upon layer of savory complexity on the nose, with iron, dried meat, tobacco, balsamic fruit, dried red berries, orange peel, leather and dried mushrooms. A medium-to full-bodied, linear and zesty Rioja that’s full of nuanced flavors that linger through the very long, savory finish. Floral, too. Yet, it remains bright and precise. Tempranillo with 16% mazuelo. Drink on release or hold.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x300cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,048.00
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Blanco 1986 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,807.00
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 3x75cl 3 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,807.00
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2013 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £186.00
    2013

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2013 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (91)

    Curious red with dried berry, light raisin and floral character, and just a hint of green. Follows through to a full body and firm, silky tannins. Drink now.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 1 91 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £186.00
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2015 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £161.00
    2015

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2015 (1x150cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (94)

    Fresh, serious, stylish and well balanced, this is a delightful 2015, with no sign of the heat of the vintage.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x150cl 1 94 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £161.00
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £150.00
    2015

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2015 (6x75cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (94)

    Fresh, serious, stylish and well balanced, this is a delightful 2015, with no sign of the heat of the vintage.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Rioja 6x75cl 1 94 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £150.00
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (1x300cl)
    In Bond: £323.00
    2016

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (1x300cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x300cl 1 - In Bond: £323.00
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (1x600cl)
    In Bond: £1,148.00
    2016

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (1x600cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 1x600cl 1 - In Bond: £1,148.00
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £168.00
    2016

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2016 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 14 - In Bond: £168.00
    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £99.00
    2017

    Marques de Murrieta Rioja Tinto Reserva 2017 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    The red 2017 Rioja Reserva is their flagship wine, of which they produce 900,000 bottles exclusively from grapes from their 300 hectares of estate vineyards. It's a blend of 83% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano, 6% Mazuelo (Cariñena) and 2% Garnacha and has the character of the vintage, ripe and warm but without excess. The varieties fermented separately, even different plots fermented separately, and they also aged in barrel on their own. The blend is done at the end, after 20 months in American oak barrels. 2017 was a challenging year that they still consider a better vintage than 2018, as they see more concentration and power. The wine is quite lactic and creamy, still showing very young. It does feel undeveloped and in need of some time in bottle. The wine has concentration and clout, and I always consider it an ultimate example of an updated classical Reserva from Rioja. 2017 was the earliest harvest (started and finished in September), a warm and dry year when the Ygay estate miraculously escaped the terrible frost that decimated most of Europe. The challenge for this wine was to contain the ripeness and power, and they have done it. This will be released in spring 2021, so it should be a lot more integrated by then. This is always a sure value. Volumes are lower this year.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    2-3 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 18 93 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £99.00
    Marques Murrieta Rioja Dalmau Reserve 1995 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £553.00
    1995

    Marques Murrieta Rioja Dalmau Reserve 1995 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (86)

    Saturated red-ruby. Port-like aromas of cassis, chocolate, fresh herbs and walnut skin; distinct overripe/underripe character. Smooth, dense and concentrated, with lush flavors of plum, strawberry and nutty oak marred by a hint of intrusive lemony acidity. Finishes with ripe but slightly dry tannins and a suggestion of cooked berries.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 1 86 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £553.00
    Marques Murrieta Rioja Dalmau Reserve 2007 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £473.00
    2007

    Marques Murrieta Rioja Dalmau Reserve 2007 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (92)

    Cut from a (well-tailored) modern cloth, the excellent 2007 Dalmau has a dark broody nose with black plum, cassis and cedar. It demonstrates well-integrated oak and fine delineation. The palate is full-bodied with an unashamedly oak-laden entry that suffuses the blackberry, vanilla pod and blueberry notes that sweep over the mouth. There are subtle touches of pain grille and cooked meats underlying the dense black fruit, but what I admire is the focus and freshness maintained from start to finish. It has barely started to show what it can do, but I look forward to tasting this in ten years time. Drink 2018-2030.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rioja 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £473.00

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