TOB exclusive import: Domaine des Muretins lirac 2018 Grenache Shiraz blend (SOLD OUT)
Domaine des Muretins Lirac 2018.
40% Grenache, 40% Shiraz, 10% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre.
Lirac is straight over the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and I've been saying for years that it's by far the best value appellation in the entire Rhône Valley. And what an extraordinary wine this is! Piercingly perfumed but not just fruit: hints of Iodine in the background, cherry jam, herbs, earth, and woody notes, some stalky whole-bunch aromas too, while the palate is at the medium end of full-bodied, with masses of tannin and sensational length. I had my bottle of this open on the bench for three days and it went from strength-to-strength. Domaine des Muretins is the home estate of winemaking duo François Dauvergne and Jean-François Ranvier (see their Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, below) and this wine tastes to me like it is the one that gets the most thought and love of any in their portfolio. It has everything going on in it that a winemaker can possibly deploy and the result is a wall of sensory excitement. Maverick creativity at the cutting edge and one of the most interesting and delicious wines I have ever tasted. If you only buy one Rhône wine from me this year, make sure it is this. A "wow-wine" if ever there was. Unmissable.
Drink now to 2030 and beyond.