Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga: “In the world of wine, balance is beauty” lifestyle
The president of Marqués de Murrieta and Pazo de Barrantes Wineries, reviews the evolution of the company and the achievements obtained in recent years.
Castillo Ygay Blanco 1986 was the first Spanish wine to achieve 100 Parker points and is one of the most sought-after wines at the winery.
Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga (Madrid, 1970) uses the word “balance” as a synonym of finesse and perfection. That is the essence of a good wine, one which leaves sediment generating a memory, without over doing it too much. The categorical imperative of the esthete.
As the Owner of Marqués de Murrieta Wineries (La Rioja) and Pazo de Barrantes Winery (Galicia), this upstanding businessman (the Count of Creixell and the Baron of la Pobadilla) took over the Murrieta Estate when he was 25 years old, after the death of his father. A loss that made him suddenly realise that he had to continue with the winemaking work of his family.
To achieve this, he surrounded himself with a team of loyal people who were close to him, among whom there is his sister, Cristina. With them, he studied and analysed the situation at the winery which laid the foundations for a new project full of new essences and tastes. It was then when the body of his wines took on another look, with more French oak, more fruity wines and intense crianzas (aged wines). This sobriety refines both the taste and the smell. “In the world of wine, talking about balance is fundamental. We’re talking about beauty, excellence and perfection. Excellence is quality and it must be in every detail which a company spends its time on: in customer care or respect and consideration towards suppliers; ways of communicating or in how the marketing is done. That is the essence we breathe at Marqués de Murrieta “, Dalmau remarks in a quiet way. The same aura that the vines themselves give off.
Grapes as a family genealogy
The death of his father caused Vicente Dalmau to take over at Marqués de Murrieta Wineries when he was 25 years old. His mission: continue with his ancestors’ winemaking work and renew the image and the compositional lines of the wines, as well as keeping their origin. An ambitious harvest with new nuances and colours.
The death of his father caused Vicente Dalmau to take over at Marqués de Murrieta Wineries at the age of 25 and he continued the wine production of his family with new flavours and nuances.
The continuous care that they apply to the product has led them to getting some of the highest scores in the market. This was the case with the little white gem: the Castillo Ygay 1986. The only Spanish wine that earned 100 Parker points, and it went on to be crowned the emperor of the country’s wines. “This is a perfect wine. It is so much younger when it passes time in a glass. I have no doubt that we are talking about a white wine for the next 50 years. This wine is simply amazing“, the wine critic claimed.
A wine which collects and respects the essence of its vineyards. A priority issue for Dalmau. “We are a project that depends on nature one hundred percent. Our wines are made from our own grapes and vineyards. We are very close to natural resources and for us, sustainability means ensuring the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future in any way. Sustainability means respect, ethics and morals, “he reflects philosophically.
Vicente Dalmau: “Sustainability is for us, ensuring the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future in any way “
Present in more than 96 countries and with exports of 70%, the Marqués de Murrieta has a turnover that reaches 1.4 million bottles. This data reflects that forecast which the winery has worked with since 1852. The first Impressionist harvest based on the French Château. The start of the genealogical tree (or vine). “It takes a kilo of grapes five years to become a bottle of wine. We have to be vigilant and think carefully about what can happen in five years’ time. For us, technology is a help, but it is not our goal. We dedicate time to applying technology, which in Marqués de Murrieta, goes hand in hand with craftmanship. This coexistence with human hands leads us to having the results that we have today”, the businessman remarks. “Gran Reserva” family tradition.