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2015 Lirac “Le Classique”

Domaine du Joncier

Great values abound in the southern Rhône: with the region’s abundance of favorable terroirs, digging just a little bit can yield bargain wines of depth, substance, and authentic local character. The Lirac appellation, for example, shares the same famous galets roulés—large, rounded alluvial riverbed stones—as across the Rhône in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, easily the regions’s most prestigious appellation. These soils offer good drainage, forcing the vine roots to dig deep for moisture and nutrients, all while reflecting the sun’s heat to assist in ripening. Correspondingly, the wines of Lirac express a sun-imbued generosity in the form of potent dark aromas of dark fruit, with matching concentration on the palate that makes them ideal companions to roast meats, ratatouille, and other richly flavored Mediterranean dishes. Joncier’s Lirac, a blend of Syrah with Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Carignan, offers chewy tannins and penetrating flavors that recall a hot summer afternoon in beautiful southern France.

Anthony Lynch

$26.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault & Carignan
Appellation: Lirac
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine du Joncier
Winemaker: Marine Roussel
Soil: Alluvial soils with large galets roulés
Aging: Wines are aged for 18 months in underground, gravity-fed cuves
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Southern Rhône

The southern Rhône valley is Grenache country. It’s also known for its stones. With a viticulture history dating back well before the Popes arrived in the 12th century and one of France’s oldest appellations d'origine contrôlée, Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, the southern Rhône is unquestionably one of France’s best known and premier winegrowing regions. The wines have the pedigree and age-worthiness of Burgundy and Bordeaux, but with a rustic, Mediterranean character. Like most wines from southern France, the reds, whites, and rosés are blends. Filling out the Grenache for the reds and rosés, you’ll often find Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. The common white grape varieties are Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Roussane, and Marsanne among others. From the alluvial riverbed stones found in Lirac, Tavel, and Châteauneuf to the limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail that influence Beaumes-de-Venise (where you’ll find excellent Muscat), Vacqueyras, and Gigondas, great terroir abounds.

Kermit’s entrance in the region came in the mid 1970s on his first trip with Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters. On that trip, Richard introduced Kermit to the Brunier family of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. Soon after, Kermit began importing the Brunier’s wines—their Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” bottling remains a staple of our portfolio today. In the late 1990s Kermit teamed up with the Brunier family to purchase the famed Gigondas estate, Domaine Les Pallières. More than 40 years later, we now import wines from fifteen southern Rhône domaines spanning the entire area of the region.

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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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