January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines 0Comment

Located in an area renowned for its independent and strong ancestral culture, the Basque Country is in the southwestern-most part of France, just half an hour from Spain. Here, Irouléguy received its appellation contrôlée in 1970, with about 100 hectares of vineyards cultivated by 60 growers. Jean-Claude Berrouet is an Irouléguy native who left home to serve for more than three decades as the winemaker at Château Pétrus. But the Basque region has a powerful pull, and Jean-Claude eventually returned home to his native soil. He purchased his four-and-a-half-hectare property in 1992, naming his estate “Herri Mina.” In Basque, herri means “country,” and mina means “homesick.”

Jean-Claude makes a splendid white blend of Gros Manseng, Petit Corbu, and Petit Manseng. 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. Jean-Claude also produces a character-driven red wine from 100% Cabernet Franc in small quantities.

Jean-Claude’s offerings are perfectly made, clean and bright, with more complexity than is often found in the region. These wines are seductive, delicious, and a perfect representation of the Basque Country.

Martine’s Wines is the exclusive U.S. importer for Herri Mina.