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Domaine de la Mordorée 2003 La Reine des Bois Red (Lirac)

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  1. $39
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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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 2009 La Reine des Bois Red (Lirac)

  1. $43
O.K., so it’s a New World-ish blend of fruit and oak, but leaving stylistic prejudices aside, it’s also a darn fine wine. Black cherry fruit balances the cedar and vanilla nicely, while the texture is rich yet supple and the finish lingers a good long time. Drink now–2018.  — J.C.  (10/1/2011)
91
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Domaine de la Mordorée 2006 La Reine des Bois Red (Lirac)

  1. $54
Not quite the superb value this was in earlier vintages, the 2006 “Queen of the Woods” is still an excellent wine, from its knockout nose of cedar, baking spices, blueberry and black cherry to its full, rounded mouthfeel and long, softly tannic finish. Tasted again several months later, the oak is less apparent, suggesting at last five years or so of aging potential.  — J.C.  (12/15/2009)
91
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Domaine Lafond 2005 Roc Epine La Ferme Romaine Red (Lirac)

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Still showing some toasty oak notes, but this is a powerful vintage that should completely integrate the oak within another year or so. Leather and cinnamon accent black cherry fruit in this rich, round, mouthfilling expression of Lirac. Drink 2010-2018.  — J.C.  (12/15/2009)
91
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Domaine de la Mordorée 2004 La Reine des Bois Red (Lirac)

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  1. $33
From its lovely bouquet of dried flowers and spices to its voluptuous mouthfeel, this knockout has it all. Perfectly ripe (not overripe) black cherries form the foundation, garnished by complex notes of garrigue, and framed by a firm, ageworthy structure. Why pay more for Châteauneuf-du-Pape when you can drink this now and over the next decade?  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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