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100% Grenache (1971, the oldest Grenache) from galet stone covered soils, whole bunch fermentation, 5 day cold maceration at 10°C, 3 week vinification at up to 26°-30°C, daily part vat emptying/refilling 1st 3 days, then twice daily pumping overs, some cap punching, aged 33% new, 67% 1-2 year 500-litre & 600-litre oak casks 12 months, then steel vat 3 months, unfined, filtered, “drink with lamb, veal, tripe”, wide bottle, 4,000-5,000 b

2016 ()

dark plum red robe. Has a sweet, savoury aroma, lamb stock on the agenda, red berry-mulberry ripeness which is weighty, layered, with no chinks; there’s not much lift in it. The palate likewise has a rich depth, is weighted, the texture dense. It develops spicing beyond the cooked plum flavour. There’s a slight clash in mid-palate between the Grenache and oak, a lack of fusion. This would be more serene and complementary with less oak, and would sing from the roof tops if so. The caramel note on the aftertaste isn’t in keeping with the nobility of the vine fruit. Time and aid here: allow until spring 2020. 15°. 5,000 b. 2031-33 Sept 2018

2015 ()

quite a deep red robe. The bouquet has class, and will become stylish in time. For now, there is a provocative air of raspberry fruit, with a smoky tang, menthol, a wee note of cordite, and some lurking oak toffee. The palate accentuates the appeal of mature Grenache vine fruit, with a very clear detail in its plum fruit, a savoury middle, and nourishing tannins increasing its complexity and depth after the mid-point. This is a serious wine, and there should be more Liracs of this quality. The late moments are nicely peppery, and the finish is complete, with the tang of the tannins extending nicely, the length lovely. The oak sits in it pretty well, just accentuating itself on the finish. From mid-2018. 2029-31 June 2017

2014 ()

middling red robe. The bouquet is smoked, tarred, reflects raisin, date, has a little fluid fruit air. The palate is also somewhat burnt, singed, with a dart of dark fruit and thrusting tannins. It is more exerted than most in what is not a vintage to go playing catch-up in the cellar. The finish involves prune fruit with some sweetness. 15°. 2021-22  Feb 2016