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50% Grenache (mid-1970s), 35% Syrah (1989), 15% Mourvèdre (1989) from quartz & red clay soils, destemmed, 2-3 week steel vat vinification, cap punchings, aged 60-70% concrete vat, 30-40% new-4 year oak casks 10-12 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, “drink with red meats”, 45-50,000 b

2018 ()

bright, dark red robe; the bouquet is wide, has a perfumed air, with plum fruit below, hints of hay, herbs. The palate is expressive, immediate, carries solid but rolling matter, with gummy tannins entrenched towards the finish. It’s a compact, muscular, concentrated Lirac that will benefit from time and decanting, is suited to stews, casseroles, winter dishes. Oak hints come through towards the finish, another reason to leave it for a while. The longer the wait, the less the hand of man, that sense of extraction, will be on this. 15°. 50% Gren, 35% Syr, 15% Mourv. 70% vat raised. €13.20 at the domaine. From 2022. 2028-29 Oct 2020

2016 ()

red-purple colour. There is a grapey resonance on the nose, which also holds a cosy, red-fruited, raspberry aroma delivered with a neat sweetness, coulis and that depth. There is a hint of reduction stemming from the 35% Syrah. There is something of a coiled spring waiting to unleash about it. The palate starts carefully, on plum fruit with some keen tannin that acts as a thrust down the middle. The finish is robust, nearly chewy. The second half is grounded, thorough, and requires leaving until mid-late 2019. This is good, solid, if rather exerted Lirac, no nonsense. The degree is a little high, on power within, as revealed towards the finish and its late glow. Spice and mixed herbs are threaded through the palate. €11.80. 15°. 2026-27 Aug 2018

2015 No Rating

dark red, cosy robe. The nose leads on a black cherry aroma with a little leather, dry-toned aspect. It stops just when you think it will extend. The palate is tight and rather dry, the texture firm throughout. I fear there is some Brett in this, with a rasp in the second half of the palate. The early moments give dark fruit. It doesn’t sit comfortably. This is baked wine, no charm. 15°. Cannot be rated. Aug 2017

2010 ()

(vat/cask) full red, dark. Broad nose, has a foundation of black fruit, prune and solid matter, has a chocolate density. Interesting, pepper-scented palate that has plenty of depth and activity: you buy and you receive. It keeps going on an extended length. A grounded, slightly worked on wine. The end palate is a bit demanding from the Syrah and the Mourvèdre. It will grow into itself. The tendency is still towards some over extraction here. From mid-late 2013. Can live. 2025-27 Dec 2011

2009 ()

full robe; suave, layered black fruits aroma – it is curvy and deep. The palate delivers fleshy black fruit with a violet and floral scenting; it is all very juicy until pebbly grain enters, and some oak and tannin. Good and fresh on the finish – it extends well. Its fruit will be more apparent on the end from mid-2012. A wine of good structure and balance, authority, too. 15°. 2019-21  July 2011 Previously March 2011 *** dark robe; wide shoulders to the bouquet, a few chinks of light in an inky, blackberry liqueur backdrop that shows damp, tea-like instincts. Polished black fruit on the palate, with oaking around it. A wine of scale – do not touch until 2013, and it will still be rather demanding. The finale is oaked. I find it overdone. 15°. 2020-21 March 2011


thorough robe, nice full red, black traces. Agreeable blackberry aroma, a little reductive, smoke and charcoal, a touch vegetal. Early Syrah/Mourvèdre snap in the attack – has a live character, the fruit is racy, and ends on a refreshing, clear note. From 2011. The oak is active, but not excessive. This has good, direct qualities, and reflects clean, modern winemaking, with fine fruit at its heart. 2015-16 Dec 2009


dark, black cherry robe. Reductive outer air, chocolate, beef steak within – reflects a fully ripe crop, is rather muscular. Compact, black fruits start to the palate – it heads off with purpose, picks up oak and shows late gras as well. There is an incipient glow of heat within, a vintage trademark. From 2011. 15°. To 2020-22 Dec 2009

2006 ()

bright, full black robe; there is a mix of simmered and mulled black berries on the nose – it is an oily, smooth aroma, with some licorice and smoke snap, a hint of menthol. The palate has an agreeable, directed black fruit depart – an infusion of licorice suggests Syrah; the fruit has a comfortable texture – there are nice lines in this. It is a bit subdued at the finish for now, though it is fresh. Good tannins, satisfying wine – and a very sound Lirac. 2015-16 Nov 2008 Previously Nov 2007 *** (pre-bottle) bright robe; the bouquet reveals red fruits with a creamy air, and a hint of sous-bois (damp woods) and smoke. This has a plump and tasty attack, with good pull through it. Has beau fruit – runs on well, and shows a little oak late on. I reckon this needs bottling. The fruit is expressive, and there are plenty of ripe tannins in here. This is a good vintage – there is good width in the fruit, and it has a naturally savoury aspect. Late show of licorice from its Mourvèdre. From 2009. 14°. 2015-17 Nov 2007


dark robe; clean-cut, fresh, lateral bouquet – black fruit, light coffee notes – it is attractive and still offers potential. Handsome black fruit on the palate, comes with licorice in the flavour, ends on a little oak still. Its fruit is still fresh, as per 2005 should be. Direct, very clear, impressive wine that for now ends on a little oak and residual tannin. 2016-17 Dec 2009 Previously Nov 2007 ***(*) pretty bright robe; has a beefy, lateral nose with a dense core in it – shows ripe, red plum at its heart. The palate is richly toned – this is an unctuous wine with plenty of push and length. Ends on a lip-smack, savoury note. There is a lot here – it is long and sustained, with a pleasing run of black fruit. Solid, but also fleshy at the same time. From 2009. Bottled March 2007. 15°, note. 2017-18 Nov 2007