Overlooked Lirac Blanc to your own detriment. It is an asset in the Southern Rhone. Bold and generous flavours, able to develop over the short to medium term. The main varieties used are Clairette, Grenache blanc and Bourboulenc. Each variety is a maximum of 60% of the blend. Having this wine sitting between a cheap Cotes du Rhone Blanc and a not so cheap Chateauneuf Blanc is great. The step up in texture and flavour is worth the price and generally Lirac Blanc is more approachable young. Win/win!
Two brothers who bottled their first Chateauneuf du Pape in 1997. They follow biodynamic principles in the vineyard with low cropping to get the best result. De-stemming, long macerations, warm ferments and indigenous yeasts are favoured in the winery. They make modern and clean wines from the Southern Rhone that still retain the flavour and spirit of the appellation. They are delicious too. The rosé and ‘lessers’ appellations are great value and the Chateauneuf wines will rival the greats. Reine des Bois is their reserve cuvee and Dame Rousse their normal wines.
0ften over looked for more well-known neighbours but for one tenth the price Lirac is often a good substitute for Chateauneuf. Lirac wines often don’t have the stuffing for long aging like some of its cousins but makes up for it in drink now appeal and value.