2017 Domaine Pelaquie Lirac

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone Valley
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$11.95

"The medium to full-bodied 2017 Lirac starts with scents of black olive, but then those blend easily into red fruit flavors on the palate. Most impressive is the rich, velvety texture, which lingers elegantly through the long finish. This should drink well for 6-7 years." (WA)

Winery Notes:
WHY WE LOVE IT:
The Cotes du Rhone villages appellation designates certain areas in the region where the soil and the climate produce wine that is considered to be of exceptional quality, and Lirac is certainly one of these areas.

Varietal Composition:
70% Grenache 30% Mourvèdre

Elaboration:
Grape varieties are harvested at optimal ripeness and vinified separately. After 24 hours of maceration, the alcoholic fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated tanks during 15 days with regular pumping-over. The wine is aged in stainless tanks for 12 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes:
An intensive ruby color. Complex nose with black fruits and spicy notes. Is rich in mouth with a nicely finish.

The Pélaquié family has been cultivating vines on the same Southern Rhone parcel since the mid-1500’s. Each generation has protected this cultural legacy with love, keeping the familial footprint in tact via some of the most elegant wines you’ll find in Lirac, Tavel, and Laudun. The estate is 95 hectares in total, and stylistically these are what you’d call “classic.” White wines have emerged as somewhat of a specialty here under Luc Pélaquié’s direction and these are worth paying special attention to when available.