Saint-Valentin (Cru – Lirac)
Our red wine Cru – Lirac: Saint-Valentin
Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache blend.
This wine is the finest expression of Lirac’s terroir. The average age of the vines is over 40 years. They are situated on the clay and limestone slopes made up of large round pebbles. A severe plot selection takes place before the harvest.
De-stemmed, crushed and fermented with regular pump overs (two daily over peak fermentation) to extract colour, flavour and tannins. After 3 to 4 weeks ‘on skins’ the tanks are drained off and the skins pressed. The Shiraz and Mourvèdre wine are racked to 300L French oak barrels (Vicard, Bernard, Seguin Moreau and Boutes), where malolactic fermentation takes place. The Grenache is aged in a tank for a year before the bottling
- Colour: Deep dark red with a purple hue
- Aroma: prunes, pitted fruits. Morello cherries, plums, vanilla, Mocha. It is an explosion of aromas.
- Palate: Creamy complexity and interesting texture. Palate has great depth and a natural coating but doesn’t feel heavy. Tannins start mid-palate and are powerful, but the finish is surprisingly fresh. This wine reveals what the appellation Lirac really is.
Dishes seasoned with pepper sauce or chocolate desserts.
Great drinking now with potential for short to medium term (5-7 years)