2006 Domaine Ilarria Irouleguy Rouge

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From French Basque country comes this gorgeous red from Irouleguy! Composed of 70% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in older bariques. Forthcoming nose hints at black fruit and rose hip tea. Medium to full-body. Notes of currant and red fruit in the mouth. A hint of licorice, a touch of smoke and well-integrated tannins on the finish. Enjoy with a tranche of Bayonne ham or Poulet Basque! 12.5% abv.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2009 | Send Email
You probably know by now, I LOVE the esoteric, unusual, way off the beaten path wines. And what could more represent all of that than a wine called “Irouleguy?" I love it! This hails from the Basque country where it is drunk with strong, peppery foods. Lots of bell peppers, onions, olives, anchovies, Pipérade, Bacalao, Bayonne Ham and a variety of tapas with all of the above. I know we don’t eat like this all the time in LA, but I am sure we can be a little creative and make something deliciously flavored to have with this Irouleguy. Deep red and intense, it reminds me of pomegranate concentrate, full of polyphenols (Basque people are known for their longevity). Come on, walk on the wild side…

Staff Image By: Mulan Chan-Randel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2008 | Send Email
Delicious red fruit notes along with subtle hints of spicebox and mineral are what I enjoy most about this unusual wine from French Basque country. Although it is composed primarily of Tannat, the monster truck varietal made famous in the nearby appellation of Madiran, the Ilarria is lighter and brighter and treads a bit more lightly on the palate. I really like it with a nice selection of charcuterie, assorted sheep's milk cheeses or a traditional poulet Basquaise!
Drink from 2009 to 2012

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5