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Tasting the wines of Domaine la Ligiere with Exclusive Wine Imports

Lat week I was at MacArthur Beverages when Jim Ungerleider of Exclusive Wine Imports was sampling the wines of Domaine la Ligiere.  This small domaine is run by Elizabeth and Philippe Bernard.  The wines were a part of the local cooperative but three years ago Philippe set out to bottle his own wines.  This 40 hectare estate has one year left until it is certified organic.  The fruit is hand-harvested (except for the VdP de Vaucluse) and fermented in temperature controlled tanks using indigenous yeasts.  My favorite of the lot was the Beaume de Venise not only because I enjoyed the floral and black fruit flavors but you do not come across too many red wines from the appellation.  For further information you may read their blog.  My impressions are below.

2010 Domaine la Ligiere, Sud Absolu, VdP de Vaucluse
This wine is a blend of 50% Carignan and 50% Syrah.  The youthful nose was floral.  In the mouth black and red berries were light in the mouth.  The fruit started off lively but then became subdued as it softened up before hints of ink came out in the finish along with fine drying tannins.  Drink over the short-term.

2010 Domaine la Ligiere, Sud Absolu, Cotes du Rhone
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.  This was fresh and perfumed but came across as simpler than the VdP de Vaucluse.

2010 Domaine la Ligiere, Beaumes de Venise, Rouge
This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, and 40% Syrah.  The scented nose revealed floral and berry aromas.  In the mouth the red fruit was slow to build, developing a floral vein mixed with black fruit.  The fine drying tannins were incorporated into the structure.   Tasty but young.  This could use a few years of age.

2010 Domaine la Ligiere, Vacqueyras
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.  The nose was a little darker than the Beaume de Venise with both black and red fruits.  In the mouth this modern Vacqueyras was very fresh, finely textured with a hint of tobacco and drying tannins.  This was tighter than the Beaume de Venise and clearly needs a few years of age.