Only the best fruit of old vines are used for this cuvée. The nose shows prunes, cacao and light animal aroma (gaining presence as the wine ages). On the pallet dark red stone fruit (prune, cherry), followed by a herbal nuance (bay leave) and spices (liquorice). Smoky aroma (bacon, cacao beans) in the middle, showing a more serious structure, supported by soft tannin and a pleasant acidity. There is a roundness as well as deepness to it; has great potential to age well. Will develop into something complex and attractive, but makes already fine drinking after decanting. Gastronomic wine, especially interesting for Châteauneuf-wine-lovers that simply don’t want to spent that much. [December 2016].
Rodolphe de Pins: “It takes some years for Baron Louis to grow to its full potential.
Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): “A new cuvee, the 2012 Baron Louis Lirac is a gorgeous Lirac that has pretty black raspberry, spice and floral aromatics, medium-bodied richness and an overall elegant, polished and layered style. It’s a serious wine that will have 8-10 years of longevity.”
John Livingston: “A proper good job of Lirac here.”