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Irouleguy Rouge Cuvee Haitza Arretxea 2014

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One Line Description Irouleguy Rouge Cuvee Haitza Arretxea, structured, ripe, black fruits, fantastic quality Basque wine.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region South West, France
Producer Domaine Arretxea
Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 75% Tannat, 25% cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol 12.5%
Terroir its location is immediately below the Pyrenees, The rock types are varied, but the hillside slopesare typically rich in sandstone and types of Jurassic limestone. On the lower slopes and in the valleys, red sandstone-rich clay is a significant factor in
Maturation It is aged twelve months in oak barrel
Production Detail Biodynamic


Irouleguy Rouge Cuvee Haitza Arretxea, structured, ripe, black fruits, fantastic quality Basque wine. Irouleguy is a tiny appellation in the Basque country. The vines are cut into steep Pyrenean mountains up to 400m above sea level, but being protected against the north wind, they enjoy more sunshine than those from most French wine regions. The Tannat-rich reds of Domain Arretxea receive 4-5 week macerations, repeated pigeages and long elevage in oak with lees-stirring which makes for strong yet harmonious wines with serious ageing potential. The ripeness of the grapes emerges in crystallised black fruit scents and a full palate perfectly structured by tasty tannins. Unheard of wine, perhaps, but nevertheless world class quality!

Arretxea (from the Basque dialect meaning stone and xea house) is a small six-hectare estate entirely planted on south-facing
terraces. Michel and Thérèse practise sustainable viticulture throughout their vineyard and some biodynamic practices.


1Reviews For Irouleguy Rouge Cuvee Haitza Arretxea 2014

  1. How good is this wine?

    Andy Barker25/11/2016

    Tannat, here blended w. 30% Cab Sauv. It's usual tannic power make it no coincidence that the process of micro-oxygenation was invented in Madiran, but this is quite a soft example.

    Deep ruby. M+ aroma intensity w. baked red fruit (raspberry, plum, wild strawberry), blackberry & earthy oak spice (liquorice). Old wood & subtle leather/tobacco. Developing. Dry. M+ acidity, med soft tannins, lovely rich mature red fruit & blackcurrant. Well integrated oak, med alc & a med finish. Elegantly done.

    This is a good wine and well balanced and integrated but overwhelmingly I'm struggling with the value for money.

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