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At a short distance from Châteauneuf-du-Pape on the Rhône, Lirac was traditionally best known for its rosés, but increasingly, its full-bodied, affordable red wines are taking centre stage. The Lirac AOC is relatively small (770 ha), about a quarter of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, and produces mainly (85%) red wine from the traditional grape varieties of the Rhône : Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. White wine production has increased steadily over the last 30 years, from 3% to 10% today. The most commonly used white wine varieties are Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier.
What are the wines of the Lirac appellation like?
Interestingly, the central part of the Lirac appellation has the same geological history as Châteauneuf-du-Pape - alluvial terraces composed of pebbles and red clay on a bed of sand, which can only contribute to its goal of producing a wine of superior quality.
Less dominated by Grenache than its neighbours, the current trend is towards a greater proportion of Syrah and Mourvèdre, which gives the wines a pleasant firmness and silky richness and spiciness.
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