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Irouléguy: Domaine Ilarria Rouge 2015

A deep red Irouléguy wine with a bouquet of black cherries and spices with vigorous youthful tannins (reminiscent of young Cornas) and underlying dark fruit flavours.
Bottle
£19.50
Bottle (Case)
£234.00
Tasting Notes
Peio Espil's principal Irouléguy red, called simply 'Domaine Ilarria' is blended from 55% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Tannat. It has a wealth of briary hedgerow fruit over a firm structure of tannins. It marries well with the local cuisine - duck pâté or an air-dried ham would be apposite.
About this wine
Style Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Midi, Irouléguy
Grape Variety (Cépage) Cabernet Franc, Tannat
Organic Organic
Vintage 2015
Cellarage Weighty enough to age well, up to 5-10 years.
Vinification Very low yields (25 hl/ha) of hand-harvested grapes are de-stemmed and pressed prior to a 10 day cuvaison and then alcoholic and malolactic fermentation before an eventual egg white fining, filtration and a September bottling.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 12.5
Producer

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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