Unquestionably the star of the show is the 2016 Lirac Vin De Monsieur Le Baron, a mix of just about every permitted variety, several of which are white varieties. This ruby-colored beauty gives up more black fruits, chocolate, graphite, and spice. Full-bodied, rich, and powerful, with rock star volume and depth of fruit, it shows more and more tannins with time in the glass and I suspect will benefit from a year or two in bottle. It should age beautifully.
This vintage is the first year to be sold as a Lirac instead of a table wine. The 2016 Lirac Vin de Mr Baron contains 16 different varieties, harvested in three different picks but all co-fermented in the same vat. It then spent the usual two years in barrel and was in tank when I visited. This medium to full-bodied wine shows extremely promising plum and licorice aromas and flavors, a rich, velvety texture and ample concentration, plus subtle accents of cedar and vanilla. If aging follows past practice, it should be released in 2021. (JC)
A cornucopia of spices and berry fruits on the nose, including raspberry, loganberry, clove and star-anise. Quite a tannic frame here, but ripe and very well balanced, with some serious length. The alcohol is slightly raised, but this isn't problematic in terms of balance. Impressive stuff. Drinking Window 2018 - 2024 (MW)
Charred earth and stony minerals juxtapose crisp, cutting blackberry and black currant flavors in this vital blend of 15 classic Rhône grapes, cofermented and matured in oak. It's vibrantly fruity but savory, too, edged by lingering veins of smoke and dried sage. Fine but firm tannins grip the finish. Ready now but should improve through 2025. (AI)
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