Lirac is one of the least known of the Rhône's 17 crus, but produces a luscious, rich style of red from similar grapes to Châteauneuf close by. Why pay the premium of that appellation when you can enjoy ample velvety blackberry and spice in this one?
Silver - Concours des Cotes du Rhone Villages de Vinsobres, 2014
Before the rise in popularity of Châteauneuf du Pape, the favourite wine in the papal town of Avignon was Lirac. And now, 2,000 years after wine was first produced in the village, Lirac is enjoying a well deserved renaissance. Leading the way are the quality focused growers and winemakers at the excellent Roquemaure cellar. This is their flagship wine. It's made mostly from spicy, juicy Grenache and is enriched by a generous dash of meaty Mourvèdre. It has such depth and complexity you'd be forgiven for thinking this is Châteauneuf du Pape, which is actually located just across the Rhône on the opposite bank. Open an hour before serving to let the flavours and aromas fully unfurl, and enjoy with traditional cassoulet, lamb or ratatouille.