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65-70% Grenache, 25-30% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre (vines late-1980s-early 1990s) from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, part vat emptying/refillings, pumping overs, concrete/enamel vat raised 8-12 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with beef & carrots, Osso Bucco”, 40,000 b

2016 ()

quite dark red. The bouquet is blurred by reduction (Syrah), is a bit foxy (Mourvèdre), has an air of roast meat, a brooding style, black stone fruits, blueberry, with some spark of freshness, herbes de Provence. It has variety to come. The palate sets off well on good, rolling dark berry fruit, some keen tannins alongside from the mid-point. This is authentic Lirac, with nuggets of tannin aiding its texture profile – they bring a slight tarriness to the close. The second half is more granular than the attack, so leave until mid-2019. It can be drunk now with grills, though. 15°. 40,000 b. 70% Gren, 25% Syr, 5% Mourv. £12.99 in GB.  2027-28 Oct 2018

2015

matt, quite dark red colour. The bouquet is chunky, the fruit lying low, some leather-grilling in the front rank. It’s not out and about, is limited. The palate starts on a sweet jam-like raspberry fruit, with some dry tannins quickly on the scene. On the finish the fruit content recedes. This for me flirts with Brett, both nose and palate. The first half, on spiced red fruits, beats the drier second half. Casseroles, red meats will take care of the second half of the palate. 14.5°. To 2020 Sept 2017

2009 ()

full, dark red; scented, slightly savoury nose, nicely intricate notes also, round licorice airs. Engaging fullness of black berry fruit on the palate – there is a fleshy centre to this, gives well-presented black fruit. It lengthens finely, has late grip and glow. To 2017. 14.5°. July 2011 Previously March 2011 **(*) correct, full red. Brewed, chocolate-aired, black raisin nose. Soft and sweet notes on the palate which has a juicy middle, is a bit yeasty. Blackberry shines through at the end; use of ripe fruit or very ripe = soaked effect. 14.5°. To 2016 March 2011

2003 No Rating

mid-red robe; the nose is dusty, dry-aired, has black fruit within. The palate has fair grain, but lacks a thorough grounding. It curls a bit on the finish, and the hot year has got the better of it. 65% Gren, 35% Syr this year. April 2006