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70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Cinsault (mid-1970s) at Roquemaure, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punchings, aged 67% vat, 33% 228-litre oak casks 12-15 months, then 3 months vat together, fined, filtered, 70,000 b

2016

dark red robe, a purple top. There are savoury, beef stock, black olives airs in a ripe, already pretty open nose; grilling accompanies its cassis fruits, some coulis in their depth, ripeness there. There’s a hint of oak. The palate runs with expressive black fruits, blueberry, licorice to the fore, with some grain tannin on the aftertaste. This is tasty, with its black fruits pretty clear cut, coming out with dance. This is modern, on the go, lively Lirac with good brio. The attack and its bustling, busy fruit carries well into the finish, where the oak gives some toffee. It can be drunk now. 14.5°. Has risen sharply to 140,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. 2030-32 Oct 2018

2015

red robe with a touch of purple. This has a modern, passe par tout, juicy black berry fruited nose with licorice present, some pebbly-dusty inlay. It’s going for light appeal, not further and deeper. There is a sprinkle of garrigue. The palate gives a little more chunkiness, a good non-Grenache couch that is nicely together and firm. The juice is compact, elegant. It’s pretty vibrant, clear-cut Lirac for grills, drinking on its fresh intent as a young wine. This is good vibration wine that has gusto. The palate beats the nose. 14°. 2024-26 June 2017

2014

(vat/casks) sober dark red colour. The bouquet is compact, not unfurled, so lies in wait; there is a hint of cherry fruit, some dried herbs. Try decanting it. The palate holds a comfortable content based on dark, racy, tarry stone fruits, the tannins a little assertive on the rugged, solid finish. It has a good body mass for red meats, full flavours. It spreads widely and well. Further time will help it to declare more openly. 14°. From mid-2017. 2022-23 GB £75/12 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Feb 2016 

2012

red robe. There is a note of game in the red berry aroma, and some nuttiness. There is easy fruit on the attack, then light tannins, with grain from them. This skims along like a superior red Côtes du Rhône. 14.5°. To 2019  GB £95 12/b in bond or £11.96. Justerini & Brooks www.justerinis.com Nov 2015 

2011

quite dark red robe. The nose is reserved but has potential, carries discreet notes of plum, with some acacia flowering, a floral appeal. This is set to charm. Aromatic, tender fruit leads the palate. It is a precise, well-defined wine that works all together as a whole, has a hand made feel. The finish is tidy. A forward-looking Lirac that captures finesse. It has a little spicing, and is suited to veal, pork dishes, for instance. Drink now until 2017 for best results. 14.5°.70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre this year. €11.40. May 2013

2010

dark, filled-up robe. Polished nose, nicely profound that carries some mystery, potential, smoke, eucalyptus, tar-tannin – it is oily, glistening. The palate bears speckly black fruit, definite grip in it. It delivers a good, deep-set fruit, ends on a tight note, but aromatic airs are encouraging for the future. 14°. Potential to do well, and comes in the streamlined style of this estate. From 2013.  2022-24 Dec 2011

2009

purple-red robe; has an oily aired bouquet with plum and red berry fruit, a sense of mulled, pre-liqueur fruit, predominantly Grenache in style (tasted blind). The palate comes and goes, dips in and out, moves around, lacks a little cohesion. The finish works well, carries ripe raspberry fruit and roundness. The flavour is centred on raspberry. There are traces of oak on the finish. 14.5°. To 2018  July 2011

2008 ()

steady plum red; mulled, spiced plum fruit aroma with sweet notes to it. Mineral-tinted, rather plump debut to the palate, juicy. Has a syrup, fleshy nature, and is good for 2008. Ends on tannins that are a bit powdery, charcoal notes there. 14°. To 2015 March 2011

2007

quite a stable dark red colour, a matt tone to its black. The aroma reflects hung hare, high fruit, brewed fruit with some reduction – this is a very animal beginning. There is a decent amount of bounty in this – it starts on small black cherry fruit and is juicy towards the finish. Its tannins are ripe, and run well. It moves well along the palate, but I find the finish a little curly, dry for now. Decant this. It has changed character and may continue to move around. 14°. To 2015-16  Dec 2009 Previously March 2009 **(*) (vat, final assemblage) bright purple, red robe; has a pretty fruit nose with plenty of life and verve, red berries in the air. The palate displays easy, rather gourmand fruit, is really drinkable, with no complications. The cherry red fruit lasts all through. There is a little late tannin for now. From 2010. w.o.w. wine. 2015-16. To be bottled June 2009. March 2009 Previously Nov 2008 **(*) mild, quite full red. The bouquet floats – shows blackberry, some olive, sizzled bacon – there is plenty here and it has the scope to vary. The palate leads with cherry fruit flavours that are direct and clean – it is rather “spotless”, hands off, and goes quietly after half way. The fruit tastes ripe, and comes with an oiliness of texture. Just a bit extracted, with oak apparent on the finish. 2013-14 Nov 2008

2006 ()

red plum , lighter colour than many other Lirac 2006s. The nose is reductive, so there is a gamey air – traditional style Grenache with something of the sweaty saddle about it, but red plum fruit aroma at its heart. The palate carries low-key, unpretentious red fruits. It drinks well now, in a soft vein, is an early wine, best with food. Decant to clear up the bouquet. 2011-12 Nov 2008

2005

full robe, red with black traces. Has a wide, thorough bouquet – its red fruit has potential to develop, and there is a solid couch of depth. The palate is tightly woven, bearing dark fruits and a brooding interior. It is rather hidden now – was bottled 6 months ago. There is a blackberry taste, and a hint of game. Has a fresh, live roundness on the finish. Esp mid-2008 onwards. 2016-17 Nov 2007 Previously Nov 2006 *** (provisional assemblage) quite a dark robe; pebbly, baked stones, cherry aroma – runs out straight for now, no nuances. The palate has red berry, hedge fruits at the start – goes along a clean line with some stuffing later on. Black berry taste towards the finish. Has quiet a square shape at the end, from its Mourvèdre. From 2008. To be bottled May 2007. 2014-16 Nov 2006

2000 ()

ruby at the top of the robe, but the core is still red. Has a sweet, softly-toned bouquet, comes with the Lirac finesse. The main impression is red fruits with a little sweet spice and an animal, game hover. On the palate, it is a considered, round wine with an easy grace. The flavour reflects red fruit berries and plums. The fruit lasts, and is followed by a mocha effect. The aftertaste is tasty. It sings away today – and is just at the end of its primary stage. 2013-14 Nov 2007