Devoy Martine Lirac Rose Via Secreta 2016 Magnum
I visted Veronique Lombardo on an unusually cool day this past August and her father was in a heated negotiation with the local tire dealer about a tractor wheel problem. He was not taking no for an answer and eventually got the tire replaced but also got the dealer to promise them free lobsters for their New Year's dinner.
I love this story because it speaks to the organized chaos that's happening at Devoy-Martine. The winery is a ramshackle of hoses, tubes, tanks, barrels, and other equipment. But once in the bottle Veronique's wine is all class--polished, pure, and delightful.
Lirac is an appellation I would call the most southern of the southern Rhone. As such this is a quite warm, roasted climate that yields wines that are succulent, ripe, and concentrated. You might just enjoy this wine with lobster.
The highest point of the domain is planted on sculpted terraces where the roundish pebbles make the soil barely visible. This is where the Grenache and Syrah are planted that make up this glorious pink wine. Gather some friends, fire up the backyard bbq and get a couple of these beauties on ice!