The harvest at Domaine Grand Veneur is done by hand. The bunches are carefully sorted and only the very best grapes are kept. The grapes are transferred to the cellar immediately where they are crushed, de-stemmed and cooled before being placed in vats. Each terroir is harvested and fermented separately. By doing this, the domaine preserves the aromatic identity of each variety, as well as their unique characters and distinctive tastes.
Where possible, the winemakers have tried to match the different grape varieties with the characteristics of the terroir. Of the 13 authorized varieties within the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, Grand Veneur gives 6 their special attention: Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Clairette, Roussanne and Viognier.
‘The 2015 Lirac Clos de Sixte comes from an appellation that shares a similar terroir with Chateauneuf du Pape, yet is located just across the river, on the western side of the Rhone. It’s a serious, large scaled, voluptuous effort that that has lots of ripe tannin, a bid mid-palate and copious amounts of blackberries, black cherries, scorched earth, licorice and roasted herbs. One of the bigger boned and concentrated reds in the lineup, it will have a decade of longevity.’ – Wine Advocate, 91-93 points