Chateau la Genestiere - AOP Lirac - Chateau - red - 2016 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre that makes up the 2016 Lirac is pretty standard for the appellation. Part is matured in barrel, another part in tank. Scents of almond paste join cherries on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied wine is firm and tannic on the palate.” Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
Château la Genestière is the living memory of the history of Avignon. During the 16th century, the estate was a silk workshop. The basin, that used to feed the mill to weave silk, still exists today. Spanish broom was grown to produce silk. During the 18th century, no less than 15 000 people worked in the silk industry in Avignon, France being in those days the world’s leading silk exporter.
Wine production at la Genestière only began in 1930, after the decline of the silk industry. In 1994 Jean-Claude and Raphaël Garcin purchased the estate, which already had a great reputation in France and abroad. Throughout the years, with lots of work, perseverance and skill, they grew the estate by adding Domaines Saint-Anthelme, Les Ramières and Longval, to cover the greatest areas of the Southern Rhône: Tavel, Châteauneuf du Pape, Lirac and Côtes du Rhône.
In 2015 Christian Latouche, who already owned two estates in the Baux de Provence, purchased the property to keep this fascinating story going.
Grapes: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre
From: France, Southern Rhone, Lirac