GSM 50-35-15. When I first purchased and tasted this release in the Spring of 2013 I proclaimed a loud wow at the integrated sensation of spice, abundant blue and black fruit, bay leaf, floral accents, the kiss of sweet oak, and garrigue, and how all that hung together on a backbone of tannin.
Seamless it is not. Sometimes a blend does not cohere. Impressionistically, all those beautiful components seem to be un-fusing, as though the wine was disassembling itself. The dominant Grenache component has lost the bloom of youth and is less interesting. The alcohol that supports all the fruit aromatics now dominates the totality. The aromatics are still good, but both the nose and mouth seem coarse to me now. The tannins are ganging up on the fruit. If the wine has been stored perfectly it may show better (my cellar is my basement which varies between 58 F in winter and 72 in summer). Nevertheless, still flavorful in a rustic way.
Seductive bouquet of violets, rose petals, herbs, spice, and incense. The palate opens with an intensely juicy wave of ripe black and blue berries and transitions to a stalwart and structured middle that features a pure 'sweetness' and wonderful texture. The wine finishes with a flourish for purple flowers and sweet dark berries, backed by ample tannic grip and rockiness. Tasted double blind and guessed high-end Nebbiolo because of the sweetness and spice and was surprised by its provenance. Possibly the best made, most enjoyable Lirac I have tasted. Great wine! 92-93.
I agree with 10/25/2014 ZORG, "Blueberries and dark fruit both on the nose and in the mouth." However, I disagree that there is "good tannic structure." The tannins are very strong and drown out the limited fruit flavor. Again, ZORG, "Good but nothing special, but still too young."
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