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Domaine de la Mordorée 2010 La Reine des Bois Red (Lirac)

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  1. $43

Roughly equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, this is probably Lirac’s top wine at the moment. It’s big and rich in the mouth, leaving behind a coating of dark fruit, hints of meaty savoriness, baking spices and softly layered wood.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2014)
93
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Domaine de la Mordorée 2003 La Reine des Bois Red (Lirac)

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A blend of one-third each Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, year-in and year-out this is among Lirac's top wines, if not the top. In 2003, it's rich, ripe and a touch alcoholic, but still boasts well-defined aromas of plum and spice. In the mouth, it's like liquid chocolate fudge--velvety, yet never ponderous or heavy. Ready to drink now, but should last up to 10 years.

 — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
92
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Domaine Coudoulis 2010 Cuvée S Red (Lirac)

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  1. $45

Can you guess what the S stands for? The nose is tarry and intense, full of black olives, plum and espresso. Yup, it’s Syrah. Full-bodied and velvety, but with a firm core and a rich, layered finish. It’s fine now, but try to hold some until 2016 and possibly as late as 2020.

 — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
92
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Alain Jaume et Fils 2009 Domaine Grand Veneur Clos de Sixte Red (Lirac)

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Filled with wonderfully ripe fruit, yet fresh and floral in character, this is a top example of Lirac. Black cherry fruit forms the core, supported by firm acids and tannins and accented by hints of licorice on the long finish. Drink now-2020.

 — J.C.  (10/1/2010)
92
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Domaine Lafond 2001 Roc Epine La Ferme Romaine Red (Lirac)

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Deep and dark, this is a top vintage for La Ferme Romaine. The tannins are plentiful but creamy in texture, while the rich flavors approximate chocolate and licorice. Drink now-2015, possibly longer.

 — J.C.  (12/15/2009)
92
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Vignobles Alain Jaume & Fils 2005 Clos de Sixte Red (Lirac)

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  1. $23

Dense and richly fruited on the nose, but not jammy or simple—there’s a healthy dose of spice to add nuance to the plum and black-cherry flavors. Ripe tannins impart a creamy texture to the midpalate, while the finish is long and fresh. Nuanced yet powerful; supple yet structured. This is top-notch stuff from a vintage that’s looking extremely promising.

 — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
91
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Domaine de la Mordorée 2012 La Dame Rousse Grenache-Syrah (Lirac)

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  1. $24

Located in Tavel, Domaine de la Mordorée has been one of the quality leaders in neighboring Lirac. This wine is dark and earthy at first, but opens with airing to reveal bold notes of blueberry, mocha and peppery spice. This 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah is full bodied, richly textured and finishes long.

 — J.C.  (2/1/2015)
91
points

Christian Leperchois 2011 Lunar Apogé Made with Organic Grapes Red (Lirac)

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  1. $20

This biodynamic producer has hit in two consecutive vintages. The 2011 is a bit funky at first, so you may want to decant it before serving, but once some cabbage-like aromas dissipate, the wine delivers plenty of blackberry fruit, some garrigue notes and a touch of licorice. It’s full bodied and creamy in texture, with a long, silky finish.

 — J.C.  (2/1/2015)
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