Marcoux's biodynamically-farmed Lorentine vineyard lies in the heart of the Lirac appellation on the red clay, limestone and galet-rich soils of Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres. For many years, the Armeniers have been slowly peeling back the layers of Lirac's neglected terroir, restoring life to their vineyard's soils through cultivation and organic/biodynamic practice, and producing wines worthy of Lirac's excellent terroir. The recent vintages have become unrecognisable from Lorentine's early releases. The 2016 is a blend of Grenache (50%) and equal parts of Syrah and Mourvèdre, fermented using wild yeasts and raised for nine months in concrete and old wooden barrels. And it is absolutely brilliant. A pure fruited perfectly balanced wine with both terrific intensity and wonderful finesse. Expect a really fine, almost northern Rhône-like weight in the mouth with oodles of blackcurrant, star anise and iodine. There's something pretty from the Syrah and something deep and inky from the Mourvèdre. But, above all, there is great class. A bargain from a great year that should not be missed by Rhône lovers.
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