2009 Domaine Grand Veneur "Clos de Sixte" Lirac

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93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A prodigious effort, the 2009 Lirac Clos de Sixte blows away the 2008. This dense purple-colored wine offers up notes of black truffles, charcoal, blackberries, kirsch, garrigue, new saddle leather, herbs de Provence, spice box, and smoke. It possesses great fruit, full-bodied power, excellent depth, and abundant silky tannins. Drink it over the next 6-8 years." (08/10) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "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." (10/10) 90 points Wine Spectator: "This displays nice range, featuring layers of dark fig, raspberry and blackberry fruit woven with graphite and roasted espresso notes. Nicely buried acidity keeps the finish driving along. Drink now through 2012." (08/11) 15% abv.

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By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/28/2011  | Send Email
Awesome value Rhone! Rich and big but not blown out. Delicious!

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2011  | Send Email
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Accorded appellation status in 1947, the Lirac region has been cultivating estimable wines since Roman viticulturists first planted the vine over two thousand years ago. With varied soils from limestone to red earth to sandy clay, coupled with abundant sunlight and low rainfall, the terroir is ideal for the development of generous, solidly-robust spicy wines, and the 2009 Clos de Sixte, a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, is dominated by kirsch, leather and blackberry aromas on a seamless scaffold of currants, exotic spice, licorice and vanilla. Long and lavish on the finish, this mouthfilling wine will improve for another decade, but with its admirable complexity and depth it will be a welcome addition to your holiday table.
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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2011  | Send Email
Traditional blackberry and blueberry fruit on the nose and palate is accompanied by a subtle touch of pepper and flinty minerality. What really makes this wine a standout is the ample amount of acidity that puts everything in harmony with this wine.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 15
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