2016 Xavier Vignon Lirac (750ml)

Grenache from Lirac, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Regular readers of these pages are no stranger to the stunning wines being produced by Xavier Vignon. As you know, Xavier is one of the top two leading consultants in the Rhone (Cambie the other). Xavier has established a flawless reputation working with such luminaries as Marcoux, Grand Veneur, Raymond Usseglio and others. Through these relationships, he has gained access to incredibly pristine parcels of very old vine plantings across the valley. He is very connected with the vineyards and vignerons of the Rhone. Don’t miss the extraordinary values he produces, absolutely top in their class and scores to match.


One of Vignon's better efforts, the 2016 Lirac showcases ripe fruit, ranging from raspberries and cherries to hints of stone fruit. Yet, it's not over the top or simply fruity. This full-bodied wine adds hints of leather, garrigue and licorice along the way, evolving from creamy to velvety on the palate and through the lasting finish.

92 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 233 - Oct 2017)

The 2016 Lirac Esprit Français checks in as 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, close to 10% each of Mourvèdre and Cinsault, and a splash of Viognier. Brought up all in concrete tanks, it has a dense, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced style as well as ample black fruits, scorched earth, licorice, and hints of graphite. This beauty has both richness and freshness and is a rock-solid Lirac to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years, if not longer.

91 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sep 2018)

Black-cherry and mulberry flavors are intensely ripe yet elegant in this fresh, perfumed Grenache blend. It's plush in texture but bright and invigorating on the palate, lifted by hints of sun-dried Mediterranean herbs and olives. Soft, integrated tannins accentuate its delicate feel. Enjoy now through 2023.

91 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast (May 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
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