The appearance is an intense purple. The nose develops powerful
aromas of black fruits, characteristic of over-ripe Grenache grown on rolled pebbles. There are also slight notes of smoke and spice, usually associated with that of Syrah. The palate has a dense, tannic structure that retains freshness and elegance.
Blend: 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache
"An impressive new performer from Lirac, the Brechet family, who also owns the famous Chateau de Vaudieu in Chateauneuf du Pape (just south of Chateau Rayas), has 37 acres in Lirac. The consulting winemaker is Philippe Cambie, who is largely responsible for the tremendous upsurge in quality at Vaudieu over the last 4-5 years. The 2011 Plateau des Chenes, a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache aged 9 months in foudre and barrel, displays an inky/purple color along with a dense nose of black fruits, forest floor, acacia flowers, pepper and licorice. It possesses fabulous fruit on the attack and mid-palate, beautiful ripeness (especially for a 2011), and a soft, well-made, opulent finish. Drink this 2011 over the next 3-4 years."
The Wine Advocate