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Notre Dame de Cousignac Lirac 2012


Rustic, easy drinking with well balanced fruit and earth elements accompanied by silky smooth tannins make this fantastic with everyday dishes.

Estate: Located in the southern Rhône region of France, Notre Dame de Cousignac was founded by the Pommier family in 1780 and is named after the 6th century chapel on the grounds. The Pommier family has continuously cared for the vines all these years; today 7th generation winemaker Raphael Pommier oversees the 60 hectares of limestone soil vineyards. The estate is a “stone’s throw” from Châteauneuf du Pape and is renowned for crafting “accessible baby Châteauneuf du Pape wines in all but the name”.

Winemaking: All of the vineyards are farmed organically, grapes were sourced from vines averaging 35 years old. Only indigenous yeasts are used, the wine was fermented in stainless steel then aged in large French oak barrels for 24 months. It has been dubbed Pommier’s “super value, treasure trove Lirac”.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of dried flowers, cherry and hints of funky earth. Bright cherry, red currant and traces of sour cherry ran atop a smooth earthy mineral undercurrent, whilst spicy crushed black peppercorn, earth and hints of vanilla comprised the elongated finish. [With decanting the 15% alcohol doesn’t show, but be careful, it will sneak up on you!]

Winemaker’s blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre
Bottled in F.84700 by 84 E 13 Négociant Eleveur at Châteauneuf du Pape
15% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2020

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