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Marques de Murrieta Reserva 2017

 

We are delighted to offer the new release of Marques de Murrieta's flagship Rioja, the 'Finca Ygay' Reserva 2017.

One of the most famous names in Rioja, Marques de Murrieta was founded in 1852 by Luciano Murrieta, who was inspired by his three-year sojourn in Bordeaux.  His foresight in purchasing the Ygay Estate in 1870, and the marriage of the Bordelaise technique with Spanish grapes has paid off, with a series of superb vintages.


'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.'

Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

 

 

Luciano Murrieta produced the first ever Rioja, exported before anyone else in the region, and built a grand “château” on the Ygay Estate, inspired by Bordeaux. The wines from this estate are aged for substantially longer than the required legal period, meaning it therefore sits at the very pinnacle of the region’s hierarchy. In fact, when Tim Atkin ranked the producers of Rioja based “only on the quality of the winery and its wines”, he placed Marqués de Murrieta in the very top echelon as a First Growth.

The Marqués de Murrieta Reserva is made entirely from grapes selected from plots in the original Ygay estate, spending two years in oak, followed by at least 18 months resting in bottle before release. 

A great classic, with a unique Rioja character... Reconciling power and finesse... Benchmark for wines of style, high-end brands. Leaves a vibrant memory.

- Decanter, 'The wines that made Rioja famous' panel tasting results, Dec 2021


The 2017 is superb, with a fresh vibrancy that does indeed linger long after you taste it. This is classic Rioja and great value, at under £20 per bottle, tax-paid..


2017 Marques de Murrieta Reserva, Rioja 

Bottles @ £166 per 12


Best price in the market!



A great classic, with a unique Rioja character, bursting with chewy red fruits, counterpointed by minerality. Reconciling power and finesse, pleasure and style. Warm and intense. Benchmark for wines of style, high-end brands. Leaves a vibrant memory.

94 pt, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter


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.

93pt, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate


Deep, glistening ruby-red. Cherry, red currant, pipe tobacco and floral and vanilla accents on the expressive nose. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry, red berry, spicecake and candied rose flavors and a sweetening mocha flourish. Finishes very long and gently chewy, with a repeating cherry note and fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip. This is quite a successful wine given the challenges of the vintage.


92pt, Josh Raynolds, vinous


Incredible depth and intensity on the nose with chocolate, walnut, blackberry and wet-earth aromas. Some iodine, too. All this follows through to a full body with very silky tannins that give the wine depth and length. It’s really framed beautifully. Reserved and tight at the finish. A terrific wine for the cellar. Give this three to five years to open.

96pt, James Suckling

 

 

 



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