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Lirac

Domaine Roger Sabon

Lirac Bottle
Appellation
Lirac
Variety
Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Carignan
Age of Vines
50
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Red clay limestone, galets
Altitude
85 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, fermentation in tank, 30 day maceration with daily rémontage
Aging
9 months in foudres and neutral 500L French oak demi-muids

Overview

Lirac’s near-ubiquity within the vineyard holdings of famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers and its relatively more ethereal and delicate expression means that it often remains in the shadows. This is a shame since growers like Roger Sabon make such a fine and subtle rendition in this appellation that we’d be tempted to keep it all for ourselves – except for the fact that they own 12 hectares of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Carignan planted on gravelly clay-limestone soils quite similar to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Rather than make a blockbuster wine from this material, they let Lirac be Lirac in all its delicate and floral aromatics and earthy fruit flavors. 

Ratings & Reviews

90

2018 Lirac

Source: JD

91

2016 Lirac

Source: WA

Rhône, France
  • Location
    Rhône, France
  • Appellation
    Lirac
  • Proprietor
    Denis & Gilbert Sabon
  • Winemaker
    Didier Négron
  • Size / Elevation
    34 hectares / 35–110 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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