2009 Domaine Grand Veneur (Alain Jaume) Lirac Clos de Sixte

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Price :
$24.95
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Made from 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre

"The Lirac 2009 Clos de Sixte may look expensive, but this is a sensational wine capable of lasting for a decade or more. A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre, the wine has a dense purple color, a big, sweet kiss of garrigue, blackberries, kirsch, barbecue smoke, damp earth, and wild strawberries. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins as well as real opulence and power, this is a big, fleshy Lirac that should evolve beautifully for up to a decade or more.

Great bargains continue to emerge from Domaine Grand Veneur as well as from their negociant arm of the business, labeled Alain Jaume." (WA)

"Filled with wonderfully ripe fruit, yet fresh and floral in character, this is a top example of Lirac. Black cherry fruit forms the core, supported by firm acids and tannins and accented by hints of licorice on the long finish. Drink now-2020." (WE)

TRULY REMARKABLE RED RHONE LIRAC -A REAL BARGAIN AT $24.95! 2009 LIRAC (RED), CLOS SIXTE, Btld. Alain Jaume-Domaine Grand Veneur

I will proudly confess that I was bowled over when my wife and I had this ’09 red Lirac for dinner a short while ago. It was one of the most impressive Southern Rhone Wines I’ve had recently that sells for under $40, let alone its bargain discount price of $24.95. The wine is from one of the best producers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Grand Veneur, bottled using the Domain’s regional label Alan Jaume & Fils.

Part of my surprise is that I tasted this Clos Sixte Lirac red in both the 2008 and 2007 vintages and while good wines they were not outstanding, while the 2009 is terrific in every way.

I can do no better in lauding this wine then quote Robert Parker, (who rates this wine a prestigious 93), when he writes: “The Lirac 2009 Clos de Sixte may look expensive, but this is a sensational wine capable of lasting for a decade or more. A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre, the wine has a dense purple color, a big, sweet kiss of garrigue, blackberries, kirsch, barbecue smoke, damp earth, and wild strawberries. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins as well as real opulence and power, this is a big, fleshy Lirac that should evolve beautifully for up to a decade or more.”

Lirac is one of my favorite wine producing areas in the Southern Rhone and is located on the right (northern) bank of the Rhone river about 3 miles from the impres¬sive historical town of Avignon and four miles down stream from the left bank township of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

RATING: 93

PRICE: $24.95, **bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)