Magazine article The Spectator

Three Wines Worthy of the Rhone

Magazine article The Spectator

Three Wines Worthy of the Rhone

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Yapp Brothers, one of The Spectator's wine partners, is making this special offer of Lirac wines. Lirac is sometimes known as the poor man's Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which is fair in one way, since the red wine (around four fifths of the production is red) does indeed have that rich, fruity, dark and almost perfumed flavour of the more famous wine on the other bank of the Rhone, but it's also unfair since Lirac was there first. The commune's wines were highly esteemed in the 14th century among the kings and popes who lived in Avignon around the time of the Great Schism; in 1737 it became forerunner of the appellation controllee system when the king decreed that its casks should be stamped CDR (for Cotes du Rhone) as a guarantee of quality.

Its other neighbour is Tavel, home of the best known southern French rose wine, and Lirac's version is also excellent. …

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