Irouléguy: Domaine Ilarria Blanc 2014
It has wild herb and wild flower aromas and a distinctive mid-weight palate with oily undertones offsetting ripe orchard fruit flavours, prior to a long, dry, savoury finish.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Midi, Irouléguy|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Gros Manseng, Petit Corbu, Petit Manseng|
|Cellarage||Drink within 3 years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes, from low-yielding vines grown on steep, calciferous slopes, are picked at optimum maturity before being pressed and
vinified in vat. Malolactic fermentation is normally permitted and the fermented wine is left on its fine lees over winter prior to a spring bottling.
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Domaine Ilarria (Peio Espil)
The small appellation of Irouléguy consists of a few steep slopes around the village of the same name in Basque country near the frontier with Spain. The wine only received AOC status in 1970 and, until recently, was all produced by the cave co-operative. However, some small growers have had the temerity to branch out on their own, Peio Espil being prominent among them.
One of only 7 independent winemakers here, Peio produces excellent, organic wines from 10 hectares of vines. The principal grape variety is Tannat which yields tannic and long-lived wines and Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc are deployed to soften its harder edges.
The Espil family has owned Domaine Ilarria for centuries and the Basque language is still spoken in the family home.View more wines from this producer...