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
The first vintage for this wine was 2003.
|Vintage:||2014||Grape Varietals:||50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre||ABV:||15%|
|Aging:||70% of the wine was aged in concrete vats while the remaining 30% were aged in French oak barrels for 16 months.|
LIRAC vineyard is facing Chateauneuf du Pape, opposite side of the Rhône river. As showed by the picture and following geologist George Truc, soils are almost similar in both side. They are marked by the violence wrought by the Rhone river. It consists of a layer of marine molasses of the Miocene period covered by alpine alluvium. The presence of a great number of rounded stones known as "galets" in the earth is evidence of the time when the Rhone, then a torrent, tore fragments of rock from the Alps and deposited them on the plain. LIRAC is one of the up-coming best area from the southern Rhône valley, as it delivers outstanding wines.
Winemaking & aging
Traditional wine-making in stainless still vats. Hand sorted bunches, crushed and destemmed grapes. Fermentation temperature : 30°C. 18 days of vatting with pigeages.
delicious with roasted duck or lamb.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|F0EE137057GRM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 00604 5||1 07 84585 00604 2||$29.99|
|N/A||1.5L||6||Glass||7 84585 00824 7||1 07 84585 00824 4||$59.95|
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"(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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
Made 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
"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
"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
"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