Friday night French Rhone

Why oh why do I always schedule myself to go right back into the office following a vacay? Thankfully it was only a 2-day work week. However this Chicago weather after delightful and balmy Puerto Rico, is downright rude. The only end to the week: a delicious and warming red. Also, affordable, as I am now completely broke. But oh vacation....

 The Price: $ 15.00 at my local wine shop. 


The Wine:                        Domaine de Chantepierre     Appellation Lirac Controlée 2011

45% Grenache Noir, 40% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre

Very nice. Well balanced. I get dried fruit on the finish, and a bit of tannin. The nose is a ever so slight leather-vanilla aroma. All of it is subtle, the nose the taste, the mouth feel. That makes it ideal to drink on it's own. However my pizza should be here any minute. I had the best intentions to cook a clean dairy-free veggie laden quinoa....that will have to wait. But I think this wine will pair just fine with my veggie pizza.

As my brother says, "Getcha some"

P.S. It was a match made in heaven!

The bottle..

The bottle..

Lirac is a wine-growing Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the department of Gard situated in the low hills along the right bank of the Rhône river in the southern Rhône wine region of France. It is named after the village of Lirac. Bordering on the neighbouring cru of Tavel AOC, a rosé-only cru in the next village, Lirac is one of the 13 crus of the Rhône valley family. On the opposite river bank is the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard.

Red wines are made from Grenache noir (minimum 40%), Syrah and Mourvèdre (minimum of 25% together), Cinsault, and Carignan (maximum 10%).

The style of red Lirac often resembles a soft Côtes du Rhône-Villages, but the more ambitious wines are often similar to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Rosé Lirac is usually similar to Tavel.