Country: France Region: Lirac Vintage: 2016
Category: Red Wine Colour: Red
Producer: Moulin des Chênes
"Laurent and Julien Bréchet have long admired the potential of Lirac in the Southern Rhône. When the owner of the 25 hectare Moulin des Chênes vineyard retired, they jumped at the chance to take over the estate.
Lirac lies to the west, across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a viticultural heritage that is just as long. Conditions for the two areas are similar, both having over 2,500 hours of sunlight per year and a dry growing season that ensures consistently ripe, flavoursome wines. Lirac also has stony soils, with galets roulés' pebbles supported by red clay underneath. The main difference is the influence of the Mistral, which is slightly milder in Lirac.
The 2016 Moulin de Chenes is made from 40% Cinsault, 40% Syrah, 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah. After fermentation, the wine is kept in underground concrete vats for 10 months before bottling. The resulting wine is soft and generous in body, full of primary fruit and freshness, with a long mellow finish. Lirac has a more forward, earlier-drinking style and offers remarkable value when compared with the wines of its glamorous neighbour."
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegan;Vegetarian
Product Allergens: Sulphites Label
Winemaker: Philippe Cambie
Conditions for Lirac are similar to Châteauneuf-du-Pape: both are Mediterranean in climate with over 2500 hours of sunlight per year and a dry growing season that ensures consistently ripe, flavoursome wines. Both have predominantly stony soils (Lirac also has the large pebbles or 'Galets Roulés' of its neighbour) supported by red clay underneath. The Mistral wind keeps the crop healthy and concentrates flavours in the berries.
The berries were destemmed and crushed and then fermented at 25°C. The wine was kept on skins for 15 days with daily pumping over and rack and returns to ensure good colour and flavour are obtained from the grapes. Part of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel and part in tank. After that, the wine was aged in underground concrete vats for 10 months before bottling.
Deep crimson in colour, with notes of strawberries and blackberries. On the palate, the wine has a velvety mouthfeel and fresh acidity. Redcurrant flavours continue through the mouthwatering finish.
Food Suggestion: Drink with duck breast or roast beef.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV:14% Acidity [g/l]: 4.7