Irouléguy, an AOC since 1970, is a tiny Basque appellation on the foothills of the Pyrénées in south-west France. Jean-Claude Berrouet purchased 4.5 acres in nearby Ispoure, naming it with the Basque words for country (herri) and homesick (mina) in 1992. The vines are planted on the somewhat-steep south facing slopes of the Pyrénées, no higher than 400 feet above sea level, to enjoy the climatic influence of the Atlantic. They are protected from cold north wind and receive more sunshine than most other French vineyard regions.
Grapes are hand harvested in small crates. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then matured in barriques, 10% new. The wine is aged for 16 months, racking every 4 months, then bottled after gentle filtration.
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