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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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  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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  1. $27
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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Christian Leperchois 2010 Lunar Apogé Made with Organic Grapes G-S-M (Lirac)

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  1. $26
This is a bit rustic, but in a very good way, offering vast complexity in a biodynamically produced blend that’s 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre. Tack-room aromas of leather and liniment combine with pepper and clove scents on the nose, while the palate adds just enough cherry fruit and supple plushness to make it easy to drink. Drink it over the next…  — J.C.  (9/1/2014)
91
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Domaine Coudoulis 2010 Red (Lirac)

  1. $20
This is a fairly big, muscular Lirac, marked by some dusty tannins on the finish, but there’s fruit to match, with plenty of intense plum and black cherry accented by baking spices and mocha shadings. Drink it over the next 5–8 years.  — J.C.  (9/1/2014)
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)
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