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Xuri Irouleguy Blanc 2008

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Irouléguy is a tiny appellation in the Basque country. The vines are cut into steep Pyrenean mountains up to 400m above sea level, but being protected against the north wind, enjoy more sunshine than those from most French wine regions. We bring you mountain fresh white Irouléguy from the heart of the Basque country for collectors of arcana. These wines, made from Gros and Petit Manseng and Courbu, are electrifying, tense with acidity, displaying a fine citrus character, with wild flowers, gunflint and crystallised lemons, the taste equivalent of letting your tongue roller-skate down a glacier. Both whites see some new oak, but you would never know - although the Xuri has a balsamic edge. The ripeness of the Petit Manseng confers some mandarin and even mango flavours and a surprising belt of alcohol. Maybe that glacier has got some inbuilt apri-ski. The Xuri is 55% Gros Manseng, 35% and 10% Petit Courbu from 30hl/ha yields fermented in stainless steel and arriques.

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Irouléguy is a tiny appellation in the Basque country. The vines are cut into steep Pyrenean mountains up to 400m above sea level, but being protected against the north wind, enjoy more sunshine than those from most French wine regions. We bring you mountain fresh white Irouléguy from the heart of the Basque country for collectors of arcana. These wines, made from Gros and Petit Manseng and Courbu, are electrifying, tense with acidity, displaying a fine citrus character, with wild flowers, gunflint and crystallised lemons, the taste equivalent of letting your tongue roller-skate down a glacier. Both whites see some new oak, but you would never know - although the Xuri has a balsamic edge. The ripeness of the Petit Manseng confers some mandarin and even mango flavours and a surprising belt of alcohol. Maybe that glacier has got some inbuilt apri-ski. The Xuri is 55% Gros Manseng, 35% and 10% Petit Courbu from 30hl/ha yields fermented in stainless steel and arriques.

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