2007 Domaine Grand Veneur "Clos de Sixte" Lirac

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93 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Lirac Clos de Sixte is composed of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre. Abundant licorice, graphite, black cherry, and blackberry characteristics are offered in a full-bodied, deep, fleshy style. Liracs generally do not age as long as Châteauneuf-du- Papes, but this effort is capable of lasting 5-7 years where well-stored as it is a big, impressively endowed wine." (10/09). 15% abv.

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2010 | Send Email
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The 2007 vintage for this highly-regarded Lirac producer will prove to be memorable for the sheer power, density, ripeness and quality of flawless fruit that found its way into the stainless steel vats. Following a near perfect harvest for the recently acquired (2003) Clos de Sixte vineyards, with grapes sourced from sand and clay soils flecked with the same renowned galets roul├ęs as found across the river in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, this impeccable red wine is resplendently full of ripe, round, generous black fruit, fleshier and deeper than the typical Lirac, with an appealing minerality and voluptuous mouthfeel, finishing pure and long. A wine like this cries out for Eric Story's savory spice-rubbed short ribs, 'sl-o-o-w-cooked'.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15