jamie goode's wine blog: Irouleguy

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


A tasting note on a Basque country wine that speaks for itself:

Arretxea Irouléguy 2004 Southwest France
I love Irouléguy, and this is a good one. A deep cherry red colour, it has a wonderful nose of bright red fruit with a delicious, minerally, gravelly, rain on a hot pavement quality. Deep and quite complex. The palate shows fresh fruit and more of that gravelly quality, together with a meaty depth. It’s fresh, focused and savoury: the sweet fruit makes it accessible but what I enjoy is the minerally savoury depth and the freshness. Very good/excellent 92/100 (Les Caves de Pyrene, http://www.lescaves.co.uk/)

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At 5:26 PM, Blogger EVWG said...

Sounds like an awesome wine. Is it all tanat or is their some cab in there?


At 6:54 PM, Anonymous D said...

About 60% Tannat and a fairly even split of Cabs Sauv and Franc (varies according to vintage)

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

And there's another cuvee by the same producer which I spotted in Caves des Auge in Paris. It's a bit more expensive - was tempted, but put off by the fact that it was the 2003 vintage

At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

Hi Jamie,

That would be the Cuvee Haitza (80% Tannat, 20% Cab Sauv). Certified biodynamic. 14 months in futs de chene on the fine lees, unfiltered and unfined.

Les Caves de Pyrene are on the 04, but with the higher proportion of Tannat, it's a wine to carafe and to quack open with a good magret de canard.

At 12:29 AM, Blogger andyincayman said...

Jamie, this and the pacherenc is where our palates align.

I love wines from SW France and not nearly appreciated enough, but I guess it keeps the price down so can't complain.

I am lucky enough to have a brother-in-law living down there and can say there is nothing better than drinking SW wines near the top of a mountain at a small family run retaurant with confit de canard or rabbit stew. Heaven.


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