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2021 Irouléguy Rosé

Domaine Arretxea
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What a surprise, finding such a lovely rose in such an unlikely place. Well, it does heat up down there in the Basque country, doesn't it, and sometimes they might need cooling off.
     This rosé accomplishes two things rarely accomplished in the galaxy of rosés. One, it is flavorful without heaviness, and two, it is lively without too much acidity. Plus, it is bone dry, and the blend of Tannat and Cabernet Franc provides new flavors to pass by your taste buds. See if they don't appreciate it.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc
Country: France
Region: Southwest
Producer: Maison Arretxea
Vineyard: 1.2 ha, 7-15 years
Soil: Sandstone, Limestone
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Southwest

map of Southwest

Tucked away beneath Bordeaux and buffeted by the Pyrenees to the south, this expansive region of France, commonly known as the Southwest, is home to a diverse number of viticulture and gastronomic traditions as well as cultures. Though Cahors might be the most well known (and easiest to pronounce) appellation from the Southwest, the importance and influence of French Basque culture cannot be underestimated. Irouléguy, the primary appellation of the Basque region of France produces full-bodied, hearty red wines, produced from Tannat grape (known for its tannic qualities). Dry whites from Irouléguy are also produced from Petit and Gros Manseng. Northeast of Irouléguy is the sweet wine-producing appellation of Jurançon. These moelleux wines made from Petit and Gros Manseng have a storied history in France, from being the first wine region to have a vineyard classification, which dates back to the 154th century, to being preferred wine of royalty dating back to the 16th century as well as the French poet Colette.

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Inspiring Thirst

A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117