We written the last awards into the Guide Hachette des Vins
This year we have been nominated WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR 2018 FOR RHONE VALLEY by Guide Hachette des Vins 2018.
GUIDE HACHETTE 2018
- Côtes du Rhône Red, Cuvée BONHEUR 2016, 3***
"Well-named, this cuvee is the result of a classic blend of Grenache and Syrah. A wine which confirms, if needed, the consistent progression of this domaine, which over the course of twenty years has become one of the most dependable of the appellation. The glass gives rich notes of chocolate, red fruit and menthol evolving with aeration to violet and aniseed. This complexity is reflected in a supple flavour on the palate, long and full of finesse, with lots of freshness and life but without losing structure. A great music lover would recommend tasting this wine to the strains of Madame Butterfly….."
- Lirac Red, Cuvée ELIE 2015, 3*** and COUP DE COEUR
"Located beneath the sanctuary of Notre-Dame-de Grâce at Rocheford du Gard, near marshes drained for cultivation by monks in the Middle Ages, this domaine, created in 1994 from the combination of three small plots, displays consistent quality. It is managed with flair by Jean- Pierre Dubois, his wife Dominique and their son Romain. After 12 months maturing in oak this magnificent cuvee, 50% Grenache 50% Syrah, develops a dark garnet colour suffused with hues of black. After aeration the wine opens into a bouquet of small black fruits underscored with a touch of vanilla. Direct, generous and long, the taste unfolds on supple tannins, offering rich flavours of red fruit and spices. An impressive wine and a superb ambassador for the appellation Lirac."
WINE ADVOCATE 2018
- Lirac Red 2015, 92/100
"A welcome find in blind tasting through some 46 Liracs was Domaine La Lôyane's 2015 Lirac, which featured intoxicating aromas of cherries and chocolate. This full-bodied, cedar and richly tannic wine finishes with flourishes of cherry and vanilla. It's a bit modern and ripe but frankly delicious. 92 Points.”
GUIDE HACHETTE 2017
- Côtes du Rhône Red, Cuvée TRADITION 2015, 2 **
« A traditional combination of Grenache (60%), syrah (30%) et mourvedre for this very nice classic cotes-du-Rhône, a worthy representative of a great vintage. In the first noise there is intense chocolate shade, and after flavours of liquorice. In the mouth, it's velvet: the wine is ample, silky, structured and long. »
- Lirac Red, Cuvée ELIE 2014, 2**
« Tasting: a combination of Syrah and Grenache appealing to connoisseurs of southern wines. Colour: dark red, Nose: summer red fruits and blackberries infused with the aromas of garrigue, Taste: ample, dense, rich, and smooth. Combining freshness with notable tannins which are both fine and supple. A wine created specially to celebrate the birth of the wine maker’s son. »
Lirac red 2014, 1*
« Grenache, Syrah and Carignan go into making the principal wine of the domaine, which is unoaked. Dark red in colour, notes of chocolate praline sit alongside hints of cherry and blackberry jam. Notably full in the mouth, the length develops in intensity around these aromas. A wine with strong character, round and gourmand, centred on red fruit and spices supported by well-structured tannins. »