2015 Domaine La Loyane Lirac SKU #1333685


RP 92
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Romaine Dubois began his tutelage in winemaking at the ripe age of 15 under the watchful eye of his father. Some twenty years later, he now has about 75 acres of property straddling the appellations of Lirac and Tavel where Romaine and his wife Laure farm organically. The Lirac bottling is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that is brought up in a mix of stainless steel and used 600L oak barrels preserving the freshness and character of the wine and the appellation.

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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose on this wine is full of deep, penetrating, dark fruit, and it’s not bashful. The fruit however is not sweetish, it smells refreshing, focused and layered. On the palate this wine has a distinct richness that is harnessed by some sweet tannins and refreshing acidity giving the wine a more faceted palate presence. A long and powerful finish, highlighted by the saturated fruit character, bits of spice and that dynamic structure. The wine is a mouthful and will be best served with richer meat or casserole dishes but is still delicious to drink now. A few years of age will do this wine a world of good.
    Drink from 2018 to 2023
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    If you've enjoyed the Baron Louis from Chateau Montfaucon (a K&L classic) over the years, then I'd take a serious look at this similarly-structured Lirac from Domaine La Loyane. Lirac is just across the river from Chateauneuf du Pape, so the wines have a similar make up and flavor profile—dark fruits, structure, weight. However, while the Parker review describes this wine as "modern," there's nothing flashy or overtly fruity about this wine out of the bottle. It's more of an old school bistro wine when you first pop and pour, so make sure to give it time in a decanter and get some air into it. After a good twenty minutes the rusticity blows off and the berries become more pronounced on the nose. A half hour later, you're drinking the wine you were meant to drink: cherries, chocolate, and chewy tannins. It's a pretty serious wine for the sub-$20 price point. There are no training wheels here; there's a lot going on once you begin to unlock all those delicious layers.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    So many of our customers are excited about buying the 2015's from the Rhone, and the La Loyane Lirac is a great example of why. This is dense, rich southern Rhone, but still has great earthiness and enough acidity to balance its tannin. If you are looking for a great Rhone to pair with grilled meats, or even cassoulet, this is a great choice. It will also reward medium term cellaring, so if you like it as much as I do, get a couple extras for years to come.
    Drink from 2018 to 2025
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    You may often read our poetic waxing about Chateau de Montfaucon, so sometimes I worry that we talk a little too much about their often overlooked region of Lirac. But there is still so much to say, especially when you have an intriguing new discovery like Domaine La Loyane! Lirac as a region sits across the river from famed Chateauneuf du Pape, that has similar soil structure and hillsides with all the same grape varieties grown in tandem. It even has the historic significance of being one of the main export routes out of the region even before the Catholic church decided to move the papacy to Avignon. The region was even recognized with Cru status just a few years after Chateauneuf. But maybe we shouldn't say too much more as most of the prices in Lirac are depressed compared to what you would pay for a CDP of comparable quality. Double the price on the La Loyane and you would easily mistake it for a top producer across the river. Somewhere along the spectrum of Pegau or Le Vieux Donjon with beautiful blackcurrant fruit and notes of fig. A light sauvage character of earth and spice fills the glass. The Loyane is supple, not too sweet with just enough rusticity to remind you that you are definitely drinking French Rhone wines. Now cut the price in half and here we are back in Lirac, getting the same quality juice and character for a fraction of what the old Pope would have paid.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    The string of exceptional 2015's from the Southern Rhone continues with the Domaine La Loyane Lirac. The aromas are totally appealing--spice, black fruits, and a hint of savory character. On the palate the wine expresses good intensity, solid concentration, and hints of tobacco among rich fruit. Its flashy and polished, totally likable in everyway, but just enough of that old-world character to make it interesting.


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