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2013 Irouléguy Rouge “Cuvée Haitza”

Domaine Arretxea

2013 Irouléguy Rouge “Cuvée Haitza” Domaine Arretxea - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant



Welcome to Basque country, where Michel and Thérèse Riouspeyrous of Domaine Arretxea biodynamically farm Irouléguy’s steep mountain slopes just miles from the Spanish border. There is a lot of wine here: Tannat and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon give a powerful beast built for the long haul, yet delightfully balanced at only 12.5% alcohol. Pitch-black in color with dense, earthy tannins and suggestions of wild forest berries and spice, their Haitza bottling is the Pyrenees’ answer to Clape’s Cornas and Tempier’s Cabassaou. And old vintages—you can’t help but think, “Why didn’t I put down more of this one?” –Anthony Lynch


  • Vintage 2013
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend 70% Tannat, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation Irouléguy
  • Country France
  • Region Southwest
  • Vineyard 20 years, 2 ha
  • Soil Sandstone
  • Winemaker Thérese & Michel Riouspeyrous
  • Aging Organic, Biodynamic
  • Production 3300 cases
  • Alcohol 12.5%

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