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Cru Lirac

The History of Cru Lirac

Of Latin origin, the village of Lirac is a long time recognized wine producer. Its fame will be increased in the 16th century thanks to the construction of the port of Roquemaure which will export Lirac wines on the tables of the great royal courts in France and abroad. It is also thanks to this trade that we owe the origin of the name “Côtes du Rhône” which was written on the barrels (under the acronym C.d.R) to certify the origin of each wine.

With the appearance of the Côtes du Rhône area, the village of Lirac and its Red, White & Rosé wines were naturally recognized as a Cru de la Vallée du Rhône in 1947.

The Terroir

At the extremities of the AOC – mainly in the commune of Lirac, the vineyard is located on the limestone plateaux of the Gard, covered with a layer of red clay and gravel. Well-drained, this terroir produces powerful wines with solid tannins and great ageing potential. In the center, as in Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres, the vineyard is made up of ancient alluvial terraces of the Rhône, composed of rolled quartz pebbles and red clay carried from the Alps, all of which is laid on a bed of sand.

These precious terraces have the same geological origin (quaternary era) as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Finally, the slopes of these terraces reveal sands mixed with small pebbles from successive landslides. This is the case in Saint-Geniès de-Comolas, where the red wines are finer and less tannic.

The red wines…

The red wines of Cru Lirac are mainly made from Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault. They are greedy, aromatic with notes of spices and scrubland. Their natural freshness allows them to have an excellent ageing potential and with time, they offer new stewed aromas and develop cocoa, liquorice and truffle notes.

There are also fresh rosés, tended with pretty aromas of strawberries, raspberries and berries. Tailored for cooking and haute gastronomy, these rosés are ample and fresh.

 

The white wines…

The whites, are generally made from Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Clairette and reveal floral and fruity aromas. With time, they concentrate and develop notes of honey and garrigue.