2016 Alain Jaume et Fils Lirac Domaine du Clos de Sixte

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 93+
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$21.95
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50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre

"Juicy and forward, with a mix of red currant and black cherry fruit flavors. A light bramble note adds range on the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now. 6,000 cases made, 750 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"The 2016 Lirac Domaine du Clos de Sixte is a terrific wine, easily the rival to many Châteauneufs from across the river, starting with its alluring aromas of flowering garrigue and ripe cherries. A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, this full-bodied wine is lush and concentrated on the palate, then turns velvety on the long finish. I'd treat it like a Châteauneuf du Pape in terms of cellaring: hold it for a few years, then drink it over the next 15." (WA)

"Year in, year out, the Clos de Sixte Lirac is a superstar wine, and the 2016 Lirac Clos De Sixte doesn’t break the trend. Made from 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, brought up in 30% oak, this beauty boasts loads of dark fruits, peppery herbs, graphite, and crushed rock. Medium to full-bodied, rich, and powerful, it stays polished and elegant on the palate, with the beautiful 2016 purity of fruit front and center. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years." (JD)

"Fleshy plum and black-cherry flavors are juxtaposed by dark shades of anise, crushed granite and sage in this bold, richly textured wine. Polished and penetrating, the wine is lifted by tangs of crushed mineral on the midpalate. It drinks beautifully now but should continue to improve through 2026." (WE)

Winery Notes:
An intense red garnet color. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild blackberry). The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liqueur and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshiness of the wine. Hints of licorice and vanilla on the finish, which gives the wine length and complexity.

Drink between Between 1 and 8 years

The first vintage for this wine was 2003.