Alain Jaume Lirac Rouge Clos de Sixte
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OK, so the first thing you need to know about Lirac is their vineyard faces Chateauneuf du Pape on the opposite side of the Rhone river. They've had the soils tested and they are almost identical to the famous Chateauneuf which means, to all intents and purposes this wine may as well be Chateauneuf du Pape. They even use the same Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre blend. There's one big difference though, and that's the price. It's at least 50% cheaper than an equivalent wine made just a few hundred meters away on the other side of the river. So it's a total bargain. Like a great Chateauneuf du Pape, the Lirac Clos de Sixte is an intense inky colour. Crack open a bottle and aromas of red and wild blackberry are quickly evident. This is a big, full bodied wine with loads of blackcurrant liquor and spice. Harmonious and elegant tannins make this wine a total joy to drink and the finish is long and exquisite as more flavours emerge of liquorice and vanilla. Beautiful complexity that's a real find. Lirac Rouge Clos de Sixte from Alain Jaume is a remarkably flexible wine with food, but nothing pairs better with this wine than a well-marbled cut of steak griddled to medium-rare perfection.
Region: Rhone Valley
Grapes: Grenache Noir 50%, Syrah 35%, Mourvedre 15%