France – Rhône Valley
Henri de Lanzac
This estate, purchased by Henri de Lanzac in 1995, has been on a steady and successful improvement program. Henri is constantly working to care for his old vines and improve the soil in his 30 ha Lirac vineyard, adjacent to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, his 6 ha plot in the commune of Tavel, and the 3.5 ha plot of Clos de l’Hermitage he looks after for F1 driver Jean Alesi. We see this rejuvenated domaine as one of the most vibrant sources for delicious, great value southern Rhone reds as well as arguably France’s top Tavel rosé.
CÔTES DU RHÔNE
Such is the local demand for this great value bottling we only manage to secure 150 cases per year. A sweet, ripe and resonant blend from 50% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault, 10% carignan. Vinification: 8 days skin maceration in temperature controlled vats. Aged 90% in tank, 10% in barrel. The wine is ripe, rich and round, with black raspberry, white pepper and spice flavours. True Côtes du Rhône in a warm, rich & soft style.
(50% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault, 5% mourvèdre, 5% carignan from the clay and limestone of Lirac, with an average vine-age of 40 years.) It’s classic, rich, spicy and fruity with a little undergrowth.
(50% grenache, 30% cinsault, 15% clairette, 5% syrah) Packed with joie-de-vie, the nose is explosive with fresh wild cherries, strawberries, and a great floral component. It is full bodied and almost drinks like a light style red wine because it is so rich. The flavours are intense and the wine has beautiful balance and class.