DOMAINE COUDOULIS CUVÉE BACCHUS, LIRAC
RHÔNE VALLEY, FRANCE 2016
While it may be tempting for fans of the Southern Rhône to focus all their attention on big players like Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, the truth is that the Southern Rhône is full of lesser-known, perhaps less glitzy appellations that offer muscular, stunning wines at equally stunning value. Case in point: Lirac. We’ve featured this appellation before because the value to be found here is simply unbeatable for anyone who loves Châteauneuf (at non-Châteauneuf price points). The 2016 Domaine Coudoulis Cuvée Bacchus is incredibly powerful and bold, but the force is sheathed in a silken, supple texture. The wine encompasses everything we love about the Southern Rhône and the heralded 2016 vintage: bold fruit character balanced by nuances of herb and spice, firm tannins, and a refreshing streak of bright acidity. Best of all, Concierge pricing up to 32% off brings this beauty to sub-$17—this is an exemplary example of why we keep venturing back to Lirac for sourcing our hidden gems.
As Vinous’ Josh Raynolds explains, “fans of Châteauneuf-du-Pape will find plenty of interest in Lirac as a growing number of Châteauneuf producers have taken positions here. Lying just across the Rhône river, slightly west of Avignon, with soils quite similar to those at Châteauneuf, Lirac’s wines tend to be fleshy and ample, with forward fruit and gentle tannins that make for early appeal. There’s a minimum of 40% Grenache required here, along with at least 25% of Mourvèdre and/or Syrah and a maximum of 10% Cinsault and/or Carignan” (Vinous). Sourced from the estate’s best parcels of 50+ year Grenache and Syrah vines, the Cuvée Bacchus is predominantly Grenache and offers up classic aromas and flavors of dark berry, roasted plum, spice, lavender, and mocha. The wine is drinking beautifully now with decanting, but the inherent power would suggest it will continue to mature for several more years. We’ve secured a healthy allocation for our Concierge customers, but special pricing will only be available for one week. Value hunters, this one's for you!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2020. 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. Offer not valid in CT, IL, LA, MA, MN, MO, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.