Duseigneur, ‘Antarès’ Lirac (Rhône) 2014
Made from old vines, this outstanding blend of Grenache (60%) and Mourvèdre is an intense yet delicate wine, with black cherry and sweet spice aromas, while on the palate red fruits and dried herbs are more prominent. It has a round, smooth mouthfeel and well integrated tannins give it structure. Organic wine. 15%. Drink now to 2025.
Serving suggestions: Ideal with lamb or other red meats roasted with herbs, it is more generally a good match witch Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisine, and works also very well with aged cheese.
The Domaine was established in 1967 by the Duseigneur family, who ha been growing vines for five generations in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Today their holdings cover 30 hectares planted with Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre and split between the appellations of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac and Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Laudun appellations. Domaine Duseigneur’s wines are organic, and a biodynamic approach to vineyard cultivation has been pursued since 2004.
Our list includes two wines from the Lirac vineyard area, just across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where Domaine Duseigneur makes its flagship wine. There is a beautiful interplay of Grenache and Mourvèdre in the ‘Antarès’, while in ‘L’Astrolabe’ we can detect the darker notes of Syrah – both bottlings demonstrate the combination of elegance and robustness we can find in the best wines of Lirac.