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HISTORY OF LIRAC

In the 17th century, Lirac had a population of 477 inhabitants, it was a time when wine was known and very much appreciated by the kings of France: Henry IV appreciated it particularly as well as Louis XIV, later on. As is often the case, “wine is of good reputation” authorities forbid [1] and control the import of wine or grapes that are not from the lands of Lirac, and wine harvest dates are scheduled by the consuls. In 1731, two villages got together in a common trade association [2] to defend Côte du Rhône wines, and in 1737 a royal decree authorizes the official CDR hot iron seal (Côte du Rhône). In the 17th and 18th century, the wines of the region, particularly Lirac and Tavel, are exported throughout France and Europe where they are sought after for their exquisite flavours.
At the end of the 19th century the phylloxera made devastating damage to all the vineyards in France, the wine growers in Lirac had to wait until American vine transplants helped resume the winegrowing industry in the area. Finally, on October 14 1947, the Lirac appellation is officially acknowledged by decree, the AOC status rewards the efforts of the villages of Lirac, Saint Laurent des Arbres, Saint Géniès de Comolas and Roquemaure, and recognizes the quality of their wines.

Today, Lirac wine is born-again through the continuous efforts of a few wine growers that want to make their wines worthy of this appellation, making other professionals discover the extraordinary potential of its lands.

 

[1] In the ancient regime, consuls were in charge of the village under the authority of their lord.
[2] Tavel, Roquemaure, Montfaucon, Saint Laurent des Arbres, St Génies de Comolas, Lirac; then later Orsan, Chusclan, Codolet, Saint Victor la Coste will join.

 
 
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