Xavier Vignon Lirac 2016
Rhone Blend | France
You know Xavier Vignon’s amazing prowess with Chateauneuf and Rhone wines in general (he’s not called a “super-consultant” for nothing!). Trust your Rhone-loving wine merchant that extends to some of the more “affordable” appellations, too, like this Lirac. This drinks like something TWICE or 3x the price. And 2016 in the Rhone?? You KNOW how good that is already! Wow!
Did we mention $15.95??! UNDER $200 a CASE! Free ground shipping on 6 or more, of course! Have a fantastic holiday!
About The Producer
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of Vignon's better efforts, the 2016 Lirac showcases ripe fruit, ranging from raspberries and cherries to hints of stone fruit. Yet, it's not over the top or simply fruity. This full-bodied wine adds hints of leather, garrigue and licorice along the way, evolving from creamy to velvety on the palate and through the lasting finish.
The 2016 Lirac Esprit Français checks in as 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, close to 10% each of Mourvèdre and Cinsault, and a splash of Viognier. Brought up all in concrete tanks, it has a dense, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced style as well as ample black fruits, scorched earth, licorice, and hints of graphite. This beauty has both richness and freshness and is a rock-solid Lirac to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years, if not longer.
Black-cherry and mulberry flavors are intensely ripe yet elegant in this fresh, perfumed Grenache blend. It's plush in texture but bright and invigorating on the palate, lifted by hints of sun-dried Mediterranean herbs and olives. Soft, integrated tannins accentuate its delicate feel. Enjoy now through 2023.