Irouléguy: Domaine Ilarria Rosé 2017

An organic blend of equal parts Tannat and Cabernet Franc from the Western Pyrenees.

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Tasting Notes

Peio Espil's Irouléguy rosé, called simply 'Domaine Ilarria', would make a fine partner for a mountainside picnic of Ossau Iraty cheese and Bayonne ham.

About this wine
Style Rose Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Midi, Irouléguy
Grape Variety (Cépage) Cabernet Franc, Tannat
Food & Wine Matching Cheese
Viticulture Organic
Vintage 2017
Vinification Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, then élevage on it's lees in stainless steel.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 12

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.

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