An exploration of wine

298. Marqués de Murrieta, Castillo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva Especial, 1978

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Book 2 Wine 298

£50 (£60 full price); 13%

I’d been meaning to try Murrieta’s top wine, so when I saw this late bottled 1978 (216 months in barrel!!) on sale in Majestic Vinopolis I had to give it a go. Drank with Jack and Rob on a Monday night, and what a pleasure. Vivacity of colour and flavour! Mid-weight garnet core with a broad brick rim. Moderate nose – initially slight varnish astringency then vanilla over gentle caramel-smoke toast and warm spice. But the palate – so alive, and juicy – like popping individual berry nodules on a blackberry. Toasty length. Really easy drinking, with little tannin. Just sooooo harmonious!! A lovely, elegant wine.

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