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Lirac Vieilles Vignes

Domaine Giraud

Lirac Vieilles Vignes Bottle
Appellation
Lirac
Variety
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah
Age of Vines
65-75
Farming
Certified organic (ECOCERT)
Soil
Sand
Altitude
85 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, fermented in concrete tanks
Aging
Aged 6 months in concrete (2/3) and neutral French oak demi-muids (1/3)

Overview

Once coming entirely from Grenache planted around 1950 in a sandy part of Lirac, the former Côtes-du-Rhône Les Sables d’Arene would be a standout Lirac if it wasn’t for the fact that mono-varietal wines were not permitted according under current AOC rules. Starting with the 2018 vintage, Les Sables d’Arene is now officially a Lirac since an elderly and heirless neighbor in Lirac was so impressed with François organic farming that he has leased his old vines of Syrah and Mourvèdre to Domaine Giraud. Depending on yields Sables d’Arene is about 2/3 Grenache with the remainder equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre. It retains its characteristic bright floral and bright cherry aromas with touches of bay laurel and peppery tannins.

Ratings & Reviews

90

2018 Lirac Vieilles Vignes

Source: JD

92

2018 Lirac Vieilles Vignes

Source: WA

91

2017 Lirac Vieilles Vignes

Source: JD

90

2016 Lirac Vieilles Vignes

Source: JD

90

2016 Lirac Vieilles Vignes

Source: WA

92

2015 Lirac Vieilles Vignes

Source: WA

90

2013 Lirac Vieilles Vignes

Source: WA

Rhône, France
  • Location
    Rhône, France
  • Appellation
    Lirac
  • Proprietor
    Famille Giraud
  • Winemaker
    Marie & François Giraud
  • Size / Elevation
    30 hectares / 30-110 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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