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.
40% Syrah, 40% Cinsault, 16% Grenache and 4% Mourvèdre.
2012 was a wonderfully exuberant year, following a hard winter and very dry growing conditions. Yields were down 10-20% and the harvest was early – many finishing in September. This is a showy vintage with bold, forward fruit character and softness, but with plenty of structure and substance – immediately and hugely enjoyable!
Drink from now and over the next 3-5 years.
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.
Ideal with any grilled or smoked meats and game, casseroles and Middle Eastern spice meat dishes.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
In the press
"This 2012 Lirac - 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