Although Isabelle Boulaire is the twelfth generation of vignerons in her family, her path was not always obvious. In fact she had a good career as an accountant, but when her father grew too old to tend the vines she realized that it was now or never. If the family gave up the land, she would never make her own wine. She took the plunge, taking viticulture and oenology courses, and getting invaluable advice from her father and her wine-making friends, such as Thierry Sabon at Clos du Mont-Olivet. While she continues to sell grapes to the co-operative to make ends meet, she keeps her best vineyards for herself.
Her pride and joy is the Lirac ‘Grand Roc’, a full-bodied blend of Grenache (70%, 40-80 years old), Syrah (25%, 30 years old) and Carignan (5%, 50 years old). The vineyard itself is a jewel: a small valley closed off on one side by a bluff with a hermitage built into the cliff itself. The vines lie on stony, sandy soil over clay-limestone, sheltered from all but the wild boars (they have a special fondness for Syrah!) The wine shows very pure berry and plum fruit, complemented by herbal ‘garrigue’ notes and a hint of smoke. It retains a happy freshness on the mid-palate. The finish is long and savory.
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