Lirac wine appellation in the Côtes du Rhône region of France Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

Lirac wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Lirac is a wine appellation in the Cotes du Rhone region of France which covers 619 hectares in the communes of Lirac, Roquemaure, Saint-Geniès-de-Comolas and Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres. The communes lie among the rolling hills on the western side of the Rhone almost directly opposite Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Red wines can be made from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut and Carignan. The rules about usage are somewhat convoluted. Grenache must comprise at least 40% of the blend, Syrah and Mourvèdre must represent a minimum of 25% of the blend and Cinsault and Carignan cannot exceed 10%!
White wines are made from Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc and Clairette. None of the white varieties can comprise more than 60% of the blend.
For an excellent example of what this appellation is capable of producing try the biodynamic Domaine de la Mordoree La Dame Rousee Lirac. It is a beautifully-structured red wine of some elegance. It exhibits mature berry aromas alongside 'cigar-box' and spices. It has a lingering finish and fine tannins.
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