A native of France's Basque Country, Jean-Claude Berrouet was the winemaker at Château Pétrus for over three decades. After accomplishing great things at that very important Bordeaux estate, he eventually felt the pull of his childhood home and returned to Irouléguy in 1992 to start his own wine label. He named it ‘Herri Mina’ which are the Basque words for ‘country’ and ‘homesick’ and planted 4.5 hectares of vines which he farms biodynamically on the fairly steep south facing slopes of the Pyrénées at 400 feet above sea level. Even though Irouléguy is primarily known for its red wines, Jean-Claude is considered a white wine specialist with his blends of Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu and Petit Manseng. That said, he also makes a small amount of Irouléguy Rouge with 100% Cabernet Franc.
A deft and showy blend of the classic varietals to which this tiny Basque region excels, it is Gros Mensang, Petit Mensang and Petit Corbu all biodynamically farmed. So what the hell does that taste like? This is a fleshy and bright white with excellent texture and complex flavors ranging from nectarine to pink sea salt to honeysuckle to pear. All this is backed by great minerality and a vivacious nature.