2014

Lirac Domaine Moulin des Chênes

France, Southern Rhône

3.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

Brilliant example of vibrant, richly fruity and spicy Southern Rhône red. Near neighbour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and with all the meaty, savoury black fruit and smoky, pepper notes, but at half the price! Full bodied, but also very smooth, supple and satisfying. A great find and one of our best value for money wines on the whole list.”

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£12.50

MWS: 96

SKU: 1072. Categories: , .

Origin

Bordering Châteauneuf-du-Pape to the west, the Lirac region has almost identical soils (red clay and the classic large galet stones) and classic Mediterranean climate, although the cooling influence of the northerly Mistral wind is probably less pertinent here than in Châteaunuef-du-Pape. With over 2,500 hours of sunlight per year on average, the wines are not unsurprisingly rich in fruit flavours, texture and body.

Grape Variety

40% Syrah, 40% Cinsault, 16% Grenache and 4% Mourvèdre.

Alcohol Percentage

14%

Cellar Potential

Drink from now and over the next 3-5 years.

Producer

Laurent and Julien Bréchet are the relatively new managers (since 2010) of this well established estate. Already renowned producers, the Famille Bréchet own the famous Gigondas estate of Domaine des Bosquets and Domaine de Vaudieu in Châteaunuef-du-Pape. Since they have taken over control, the quality has jumped remarkably and their expert touch can been seen in the quality, texture and balance of this fabulous Lirac. And unlike its more fashionable neighbours Lirac does not (yet) command the same prices in the market.

Food Match

Ideal with any grilled or smoked meats and game, casseroles and Middle Eastern spice meat dishes.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

In the press

"From an appellation that is currently receiving considerable attention from vignerons in Chateauneuf du Pape - is a structured effort displaying a dark ruby color and firm notes of pepper, roasted meats, Provencal herbs, black cherries and currants. Enjoy this good, meaty Lirac over the next 4-5 years." Wine Advocate, 2012 vintage

1 review for Lirac Domaine Moulin des Chênes

  1. N
    3 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Recently tried the 2012. Quite refined for a Rhone at this price. Dark fruit with a spicy edge, subtle vanilla and good acidity. Alcohol overpowers it a little.

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