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Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge
Alain Jaume ( Grand Veneur )
France - Rhone Valley - Lirac AOC   

An intense red garnet color. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild blackberry). The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liqueur and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshiness of the wine. Hints of licorice and vanilla on the finish, which gives the wine length and complexity. Drink between Between 1 and 8 years.

Specifications
Appellation
Lirac AOC
Varietal(s)
50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Certifications
Ecocert
Soil type
limestone; alluvial soils with quartz, sand and rock
Vinification
Traditional wine-making in stainless still vats. Hand sorted bunches, crushed and destemmed grapes.
Fermentation temperature : 30°C. 18 days of vatting with pigeages. Aging in concrete vats and French oak barrels (30%) for 16 months.

Reviews and News

2018 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 91-93 pts - WA

2018 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 91-93 pts - WA

wa"Another top-notch vintage for this property, the 2018 Lirac Domaine du Clos de Sixte looks as if it may rival the 2016. It's 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, aging in concrete (70%) and barrels (30%). Floral notions mark the nose, while flavors of raspberries and apricots appear on the full-bodied palate. This seems creamy-supple at first, with steadily building tannins on the lengthy finish. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 91-93 pts

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2017 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 92 pts - JD

2017 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 92 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The Lirac from this estate is the 2017 Lirac Clos de Sixte. It's another deep purple-colored effort offering powerful notes of ripe black cherries, melted licorice, violets, and pepper. Full-bodied, forward, ripe, and flamboyantly styled, it's packed with fruit and texture. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (August16th 2019), 92 pts

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2017 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90-92 pts - WA

2017 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90-92 pts - WA

wa"Aged in a mix of tanks (70%) and barrels (30%), the 2017 Lirac Domaine du Clos de Sixte is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre. Hints of vanilla and licorice accent dark, cola-like notes and plummy fruit fruit in this full-bodied, plush, velvety-textured wine. It should drink well for 5-6 years. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 90-92 pts

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2016 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 93+ pts - WA

2016 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 93+ pts - WA

wa93"The 2016 Lirac Domaine du Clos de Sixte is a terrific wine, easily the rival to many Châteauneufs from across the river, starting with its alluring aromas of flowering garrigue and ripe cherries. A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, this full-bodied wine is lush and concentrated on the palate, then turns velvety on the long finish. I'd treat it like a Châteauneuf du Pape in terms of cellaring: hold it for a few years, then drink it over the next 15. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 233, October 2017), 93+ pts

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2016 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 93 pts - WE

2016 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 93 pts - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"Fleshy plum and black-cherry flavors are juxtaposed by dark shades of anise, crushed granite and sage in this bold, richly textured wine. Polished and penetrating, the wine is lifted by tangs of crushed mineral on the midpalate. It drinks beautifully now but should continue to improve through 2026. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (March 2019), 93 pts

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2016 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 92 pts - JD

2016 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 92 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Year in, year out, the Clos de Sixte Lirac is a superstar wine, and the 2016 Lirac Clos De Sixte doesn’t break the trend. Made from 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, brought up in 30% oak, this beauty boasts loads of dark fruits, peppery herbs, graphite, and crushed rock. Medium to full-bodied, rich, and powerful, it stays polished and elegant on the palate, with the beautiful 2016 purity of fruit front and center. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (September 26th 2018), 92 pts

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2015 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 91-93 pts - WA

2015 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 91-93 pts - WA

wa300"The 2015 Lirac Clos de Sixte comes from an appellation that shares a similar terroir with Chateauneuf du Pape, yet is located just across the river, on the western side of the Rhone. It’s a serious, large scaled, voluptuous effort that that has lots of ripe tannin, a bid mid-palate and copious amounts of blackberries, black cherries, scorched earth, licorice and roasted herbs. One of the bigger boned and concentrated reds in the lineup, it will have a decade of longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 227, October 28th 2016), 91-93 pts

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2014 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 91 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"(raised in a combination of concrete vats and new and used barriques for 16 months): Opaque ruby. Powerful dark berry, licorice and smoky mineral aromas, along with suave floral and peppery spice accents. Smooth and fleshy on the palate, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors sharpened by a hint of white pepper. Deftly blends richness and vivacity and finishes long and sweet, with supple tannins lending gentle grip. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (June 2016), 91 pts

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2014 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 88-90 PTS - WA

2014 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 88-90 PTS - WA

wa300"A year in, year out success, the 2014 Lirac Clos de Sixte has lots of framboise and strawberry notes to go with a medium to full-bodied, supple, forward and sweetly fruited profile on the palate. Made from 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre that was raised in a combination of stainless steel and smaller barrels, it has fine tannin and an already delicious, hard to resist style. Drink it on release and over the following 4-5 years. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 221, October 2015), 88-90 pts

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2013 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 91 pts - WS

2013 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 91 pts - WS

wine spectator 91 pts"Features a solid, fleshy core of steeped plum and blackberry paste flavors, inlaid with anise and graphite details. The brambly spine in well-embedded through the finish. Drink now through 2020. 6,000 cases made."
- Wine Spectator (October 2016), 91 pts

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2013 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90-92 pts - WA

2013 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90-92 pts - WA

wa300"A gorgeous looking Lirac, and one of the strongest efforts from this up-and-coming appellation, the 2013 Lirac Clos de Sixte is comprised of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre and was brought up in 70% concrete tank and 30% in small barrels. Medium to full-bodied, with good concentration and bright acidity, it has classic black raspberry, creamy licorice and spice in its layered, elegant and lively profile. It will drink nicely on release and evolve through 2021. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 215, October 2014), 90-92 pts

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2013 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90 pts - WA

2013 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90 pts - WA

wa300"The 2013 Lirac Clos de Sixte is smokin’ good, especially given it’s from the 2013 vintage. Deep ruby/purple in color, with lots of cassis, black raspberry, licorice, toasted spice and a touch of graphite, it ismedium to full-bodied, pure, elegant and layered, with high quality tannin. It’s flat out outstanding and will have 10-12 years of overall longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 221, October 2015), 90 pts

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2012 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90-92 PTS - WA

2012 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90-92 PTS - WA

wa300"Even richer, the Grand Veneur 2012 Lirac Clos de Sixte is comprised of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre that’s aged 16 months in 30% small barrels. It exhibits ripe, voluptuous notes of blackberry, licorice, underbrush and hints of minerality in a full-bodied, rich and textured profile. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. Drink now-2022. -JD"

Wine Advocate (Issue #209, October 2013), 90-92 pts

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2012 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90 PTS - W&S

2012 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"Firm, gritty tannins keep this wine’s ripe fruit in check, the flavors liqueur-like in their red- cherry intensity. Full and chocolaty, it’s a staunch red for drinking all winter long."

- Wine & Spirits Magazine (February 2016), 90 pts

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2011 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90 PTS - WA

2011 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 90 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 90 PtsMade from 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre "The same blend and elevage as the 2012, the Grand Veneur 2011 Lirac Clos de Sixte offers up similar black cherry, leather and ground herb qualities as well as a medium-bodied, textured and easy-drinking profile on the palate. It scores high on drinkability and also offers solid complexity. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2019. -JD"

Wine Advocate (Issue #209, October 2013), 90 pts

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2011 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 89 PTS - WS

2011 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 89 PTS - WS

Wine Spectator 89 Pts"Bold, with thick, juicy layers of plum sauce, crushed boysenberry and melted licorice snap, laced with hints of pastis and ganache. Broad and fleshy through the finish. For the hedonist crowd. Drink now through 2014. 6,000 cases made. –JM"

Wine Spectator (October 31st 2013), 89 pts

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2011 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 89 PTS - WE

2011 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 89 PTS - WE

"While this may not be the strongest Clos de Sixte the Jaume family has made, it's still a very good effort. The red fruit aromas and flavors seem slightly confectionary, but carry enough pie-cherry flavors to see them through, backed by hints of dark chocolate. The tannins are supple, turning to a cocoa-powder texture on the crisp finish. Drink now–2018. — Joe Czerwinski"

Wine Enthusiast (November 1st 2014), 89 pts

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2011 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 88-90 PTS - WA

2011 Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge - 88-90 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 90 Pts"Also from the Domaine Grand Veneur, the 2011 Lirac Clos de Sixte is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre that reveals some potential. Deep, dusty, loamy soil notes intermixed with crushed rocks, spring flowers, red and black cherries are all present in this lush Lirac. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years."

Wine Advocate (Issue #203, October 2012), 88-90 pts

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Producer Information: Alain Jaume ( Grand Veneur )

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