Appellation Guide: Lirac AOC (Rhône Valley, France)
Lirac is the southernmost Cotes du Rhone Cru appellation. It is exremely rare in that it producers red, white and rose wines.
Lirac is still largely unknown, and perhaps the cru most of the beaten path. Of the three colours though, it is arguably the rose wines that done most to highlight the territory most. These wines, generally blended from some sort of combination of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault, tend to be deep and full, with plenty of fruit aroma and body.
White wines are made from Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, and Claierette, and quite often will contain a small amount of Picpoul, Marsanne, or Viognier.
Regardless of the colour, Lirac wines are known for their freshness and finesse, but also for their aromatic complexity. While the variety of aroma profiles can be attributed to the culture of blending here, much of the freshness and finesse comes from a combination of the soils in this arid scrubland but also the Mediterranean climate.
With time the reds take on charming flavours of leather, liquorice, truffles, and cocoa.
Recommended Producers: Domaine de la Mordorée | Domaine Maby | Moulin des Chenes