MOULIN DES CHENES Lirac 2016 Bottle/n (Syrah/Cinsault Grenache) 14%abv
Red Still Wine | France | Rhône | Lirac | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
Grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah/Shiraz
Conditions for Lirac are similar to Châteauneuf-du-Pape: both are Mediterreanean in climate and have over 2500 hours of sunlight per year, and a dry growing season that ensures consistently ripe, flavoursome wines. Both have predominantly stony soils (Lirac also has large pebbles or `Galets Roulés` of its neighbour) supported by red clay underneath. The Mistral keeps the crop healthy and concentrates flavours in the berries.
The berries were destemmed and crushed and then fermented at 25°C. The wine was kept on skins for 15 days, with daily pumping over and rack and returns to ensure good colour and flavour was obtained from the grapes. Part of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel and part in tank. After that, the wine was aged for six months, of which a third was aged in one year old oak.
The Moulin des Chênes is a full, soft, generous wine mainly from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. It is generous in body with supple tannins and primary fruit and freshness, with a long, mellow finish.