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Lirac


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The historic Lirac appellation has about 1,700 acres of vineyards, mostly located in the eponymous village. There are also some vineyards in three other villages in the vicinity. Situated directly across the Rhône river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac is one of the underrated regions of the southern Rhône. The reds share the perfume of good Châteauneuf, and flavorful rosés and whites are also made here.

History

Historians have determined that Lirac's wines were very popular among the ruling class of France about 2,000 years ago. In fact, in that early time Lirac was possibly the most famous wine region of the Rhône. However, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region's wines gradually overtook those of Lirac, and by the Middle Ages the region's wines had only average popularity. Lirac was granted AOC status in 1945.

Climate and Viticulture

The Lirac vineyards border the Rhône river; this is a major climatic asset. However, the soil is a weakness here; in general, it is rather sandy, with few of the pebbles that Châteauneuf's vineyards are known for.

Grape Varieties

Over a dozen grapes are allowed here. In the red and rosé wines, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, and Cinsaut are the prominent grapes. Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Trebbiano, and Viognier are the major white grapes. Most of the red wines have simple but bright, vibrant flavors of red and dark fruit. The rosés are nervy wines based mostly on strawberry flavors; whites tend to be made in a perfumed style.

Major Producers

Generally, these wines are quite reliable. Lirac has four especially notable producers; they are listed below.

Subregions

No subregions of note here.