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2016 Xavier Vignon Lirac
Single Bottles (75cl) @ £13.50
Cases (12 bottles) @ £162.00
Cases IN BOND(12 bottles) @ £108.00
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Tasting Notes:
Perhaps it's the geographical proximity but this is closer in style to a Chateauneuf than most CDR Villages wines. That said, the fruit is at the blacker end of the red fruits spectrum (raspberries rather than strawberries) than many - this is probably down to Xavier's modernist approach to winemaking - but with underbrush and spice added in for good measure. In any case, it's a very good Southern Rhone wine and, compared with many, offers extremely good value. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild blackberry) are dominant. The palate is full with aromas of blackcurrant liqueur and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant. The finish carries hints of liquorice and vanilla, which give the wine length and complexity.

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Drinking Dates:
2019 to 2026
50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre (30hl/ha)
Vineyards in slopes and plateaux. Terroir composed by a mix of clay and sand, covered with pebbles
Traditional wine-making in stainless still vats. Crushed and destemmed grapes. Fermentation temperature: 30°C. 18 days of vatting with pigeages.
Critic Reviews:
“One of Vignon's better efforts, the 2016 Lirac showcases ripe fruit, ranging from raspberries and cherries to hints of stone fruit. Yet, it's not over the top or simply fruity. This full-bodied wine adds hints of leather, garrigue and licorice along the way, evolving from creamy to velvety on the palate and through the lasting finish." 92/100 (Wine Advocate)
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