DOMAINE DU CLOS DE SIXTE, LIRAC
RHÔNE VALLEY, FRANCE 2015
If you love the bold, concentrated reds of Châteauneuf-du-Pape but don’t always love the high prices, today’s offer is for you! Many producers in the Rhône Valley have deep roots and a long history of wine production, including Southern Rhône mainstay Alain Jaume et Fils. Established by Mathieu Jaume in 1826 in the northern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the domaine is now run by the 5th and 6th generation of Jaumes, Alain and his children. The family produces wines from a number of regions throughout the Southern Rhône, and Wine Advocate claims “at the end of the day, you can’t go wrong here and the portfolio is packed with both quality and value” (Jeb Dunnuck). Their holdings include the organically farmed Clos de Sixte vineyard in the Lirac appellation, located only a few miles northwest of the Châteaneuf border. The 2015 Domaine du Clos de Sixte is a classic Rhône red blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre: the vintage is voluptuous and super concentrated, showcasing dark cherry, berry, and spice flavors up front with complexity from its nuances of herb and leather. Though it’s already had nearly five years in bottle and is perfect to enjoy now, it will easily continue to shine for another half a decade or so, which is downright amazing when you consider that Concierge pricing takes each bottle sub-$20—up to an unheard-of 37% off!
In the 14th century, the popes built a castle in Avignon, France: this new castle gave name to the region we now know as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, or “the pope’s new castle.” Lirac is located only a few miles from Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s border and has a terroir and geological makeup that’s remarkably similar; before phylloxera struck, this region was often regarded as highly as its more-famous neighbor. Though the small Rhône region isn’t as recognized as Châteauneuf, the quality of its wines is often on par with (if not surpassing) the quality of Châteauneuf wines with two to three times the price tag. Today’s Concierge offer demonstrates value-hunting prowess at its finest: this Lirac is one to buy by the case!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in 8-12 weeks. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Lowest advertised price based on wine-searcher.com listings. Offer not valid in CO, GA, IL, LA, MA, MO, NC, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, December 1, 2019.