Irouléguy, Dom. Ilarria
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Irouléguy, Dom. Ilarria - 2020

Item # 40963 750mL

The rouge cuvée is a hearty blend of Tannat, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon from vines planted in sand and clay soils, rich in iron. The wine shows beautiful red fruit flavors with structured tannins. The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and use Fukuoka farming principles for the best soil and vine health that requires minimal intervention.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

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Staff Pick Notes

The producer of this wine, Peio Espil, served in the Peace Corp in Africa before studying winemaking. He eventually returned to his hometown to work with his father on the family domaine. These days, all of his wine is organic. The vineyards are situated not so far from the sea and this factor, in addition to the warm winds coming from the south, create a perfect vine-growing environment. This wine is a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. It shows dark cherry flavors and spices followed by a good amount of tannins. The flavors imparted through oak aging are very well integrated with the fruit aspect of the wine, creating balance. Excellent!



Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal wine, and in Bordeaux where it is still used in moderate percentages in the typical blends. In fact,...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California, positioning it at the forefront of the New World wine scene as well. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon has a...

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