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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Irouléguy Rosé
50% Tannat, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon Tannat vines around 150 years old; other vines between 20-30 years old Red Sandstone 5 ha
Irouléguy Rouge
60% Tannat, 40% Cabernet Franc Tannat vines around 150 years old; other vines between 20-30 years old Red Sandstone 5 ha
Irouléguy Rouge "Cuvée Lehengoa"
80% Tannat 20% Cabernet Sauvignon Tannat vines around 150 years old; other vines between 20-30 years old Red Sandstone 5 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Vineyards are farmed sustainably


• The grapes for the rosé are a parcel selection that is made before harvest; grapes then macerate on their skins for 12 hours before pressing


• Lehengoa is only bottled in the best vintages; years when it is not made, it is blended into their classic Irouléguy Rouge


• Wines are aged in cuve

MISCELLANEA

This dark monster is from 150-year-old Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon vines! Marianne Hillau says her ancient vines regularly produce huge one-kilo grape bunches year after year and have no diseases or ailments to speak of. The blend in this cuvée is 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it boasts palate-staining dark, earthy fruit that has great structure and balance, refreshing acidity, plenty of rusticity, and a hearty yet well-ripened tannin. The reds chez Etxegaraya are proof that the Tannat grape doesn’t have to produce a harsh, hypertannic wine but is capable of much more.


Kermit Lynch

General Information

Country
France
Region
Southwest
Appellation(s)
Irouléguy
Producer
Marianne Hillau
Founded
1994
Annual Production
N/A
Farming
Lutte Raisonnée

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