We written only the last Awards.
GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS 2020
- Lirac Rouge Cuvée Marie 2016, 2 **
"A top-of-the-range cuvée produced only in the great vintages and which honours hundred-year-old grenaches. It is certainly to be kept for the time being on the reserve, but the future belongs to it: dense and fleshy matter, tight structure, beautiful acidity, depth of the fruit. It is forgotten for a couple of years in the cellar."
- Lirac Rouge Cuvée Elie 2017, 2**
"This 2017 receives critical acclaim with this cuvée dedicated to Romain Dubois' son. The maturing in demi-muid brings its roasted touch to a nose centred on ripe fruit and leather. The supple attack opens on a soft palate, with gourmet sweetness, backed by soft tannins. The long finish on black fruits and Zan adds a little more seduction to the whole."
- Côtes du Rhône Rouge Cuvée Bonheur 2018, 2**
"Gently vinified, the Grenache-Syrah duo works in perfect harmony in this delicate and fruity red. On the nose, clear notes of fresh stone fruit and ripe red fruit with a hint of vanilla. On the mouth, a beautiful sweetness coats a round palate, very silky in texture, smooth and full of fruit with a chocolate note that further stimulates the overall delicacy. Happiness then."
- Côtes du Rhône Blanc Cuvée Bonheur 2018, 1*
"a beautiful straw-colored and clear, a fine nose that distills subtle floral and fruity notes (mango), a tender palate that stretches lengthwise on the fruit, punctuated by a welcome vivacity on the finish: no false notes in this elegant white to be opened immediately."
- Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2017, 1*
"A medium intensity colour, a nose of nuances, between red fruits and discreet woody notes, a comfortable mouth, roundness, medium power: everything is measured and elegant in this red wine aged in barrels which harmoniously combines candied fruit flavours and oak nuances."
91 • Domaine La Loyane (France) 2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge. $16 Gold Medal & Best Buy
"Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans, dried dark berries and apricots, and banana crem brulee with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medim-lenght cherry-tangerine relish and praline finish with well-integrated, crunchy, fine, dusty tannins and light oak. For lovers of the Old World style, this Cotes du Rhone provides a hint of Mediterranean garrigues alogside its rafined and restrained fuit profile, with a dusty, drying finish."
GUIDE HACHETTE 2019
- Cotes du Rhone Red, Cuvee Bonheur 2017, 3***
"The vintage 2016 had already strongly impressed, the 2017 gives the same impression. During a warm and dry vintage, you shouldn't have searched for the extraction, the winemaker Romain Dubois understood it well and has created an exceptional cuvee: on the nose, devilishly gourmet aromas of caramel, blackberry, liquorice and sweet spices, in the mouth, it's smooth, tender, velvety and fresh at the same time, with the support of well present tannins but with a great finesse of grain. Irresistible"
- Cotes du Rhone Villages Red, 2016, 1*
"With a nose marked by black fruits, spices and woody notes, responds to a fresh, elegant mouth, with coated tannins, which displays very pleasant flavours of candied fruits and spices."
- Lirac Red, Cuvee Marie, 2015, 2 stars and COUP DE COEUR
"The Dubois family is once again reaping a beautiful shower of stars this year and no less than two favourites. The first goes to this pure grenache from hundred-year-old hand-harvested vines, which has an intense nose of red fruits, underwood and vanilla. But it is above all the palate that strongly impressed the jury: a complex, velvety, powerful and gourmet palate, with intense spicy red fruit flavours, stretched out in a long chocolate finish and supported by velvety tannins of remarkable harmony. A upper-case Lirac."
- Lirac Red, Cuvee Elie, 2016 2** COUP DE COEUR
"This admirable cuvee reveals an intense nose of black fruits and vanilla. The palate displays a silky and mellow texture, an exceptional aromatic persistence around spices and blackberry, and very "high faschion" tannins. Already delicious, and for a long time. "
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 black reflections. 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. »