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|Lirac is an appellation in Côtes du Rhône that is well known for rosé wines. They are usually light, fresh and fruity, which is why people sometimes consider them as « Feminine ». Not sure how feminine they are, all we can say is that we do like is for a drink in the sun or for a barbecue!|
|Wine Characteristics||Tasting and cellaring|
|Domain||Château Saint-Roch||Eye||Salmon pink|
|Vintage||2013||Nose||Cassis, raspberry, citrus and white flowers|
|Appellation||Côtes du Rhône Village||Mouth||Lively, sweet and rich in fruit flavours with a nice freshness|
|Area||Rhône Valley||Drink from||Now|
|Grapes||Grenache (40%)||Open||Open and drink|
|Syrah (30%) Mourvedre (30%)||Drinking temperature||10°C|
|A nice Rosé to drink with a summer lunch. Perfect for barbecue and North African food like couscous, lamb kefta or pastilla.|
|A word about the domain|
|When buying Château Saint-Roch in 1998, the objective was to apply their know-how from Château de la Gardine to develop the domain - and they have been very successful. They produce more affordable wines from Lirac and Côtes du Rhône appellations. Their wines are generally fruity and easy to drink, they all are a pleasure to drink and a good example of what a nice Côtes du Rhône can taste like. Definitely highly recommended.|
|What experts say|
|About the domain:|
Bettane & Desseauve: 2* (Good production)
About the wine:
Le Guide Hachette des Vins: 1* (Very good wine)
"The Brunel brothers (from Château de la Gardine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape) meet expectation, as always. They signed here a salmon pink Lirac, with a charming bouquet of cassis, raspberry, citrus and fruit tree flowers. Lively and frank on the attack, the mouth then proves sweeter and rich, without losing its freshness. Harmonious, delicate rosé, some would say "feminine"."
Bettane & Desseauve: 13
"Wine of pleasure to approach for its fragrance of wild strawberries. Delicacy and freshness of expression in the mouth."
|And finally for the wine geeks…|
|Soil||Light sandy filtering soils|
|Bottled||At the domain|