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"Lots of Bing cherry and wild strawberry fruit as well as plenty of licorice and baking spices, emerge from the 2017 Lirac Cuvée Réservée. Medium-bodied, nicely textured, with solid mid-palate depth and ripe tannins, this terrific Lirac can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 5-7 years."
"This estate has become fairly well known in the United States, thanks to the tireless work of its importer, Fran Kysela, MS. They've even named the drive up to the cellars in his honor. Of course, there needs to be more than marketing behind a wine for it to have staying power, and the wines of Château de Segries have been reliably good and great values for decades. Every time Ive visited, the building has been a construction zone, so it is a bit of a miracle that the wines are so consistent from year to year. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #233, October 2017)
"Owner Henri de Lanzac (cousin of the Delorme family of Domaine de la Mordore) purchased Château de Segries in 1994 from Count Henri de Regis, the founder of the Lirac AOC. Lirac wines have been produced in the Southern Rhone Valley since before Roman times, when they were favorites of the kings and popes of Avignon. In the late 1700s, production was high, but in 1863 phylloxera hit. The area struggled to recover until the early 1900s. In the 1930s, Count Henri de Regis began working to improve the quality of wines, vintage after vintage. In 1945, he obtained the highest distinction, a cru, of the Cotes du Rhne. Lirac is the oldest recorded wine of the Cotes du Rhone region, and was the first to be produced in red, white and rose. It became an AOC in 1947."
"Located between (and shared by) Lirac & Tavel is perhaps the best terroir for red wine, the windy plateau Vallongue. The vineyards on this plateau are full of galets rouls these hard, dense silica-rolled pebbles absorb heat during the day & return it to the vines at night. Their presence also allows for deep vine roots, which results in outstanding terroir. Segries, along with Domaine de la Mordore and Domaine Grand Veneur, use grapes from this area.
Château de Segries owns 58 hectares of vineyard land, all in old vines."
38 hectares Lirac Rouge, on clay and limestone-based soils
1.5 hectares Lirac Blanc
11 hectares - Tavel, on limestone, pebble stone, sand and clay-based soils.
4 hectares - Ctes du Rhne
3.5 hectares - Clos de l'Hermitage
Robert Parker Jr called Château de Segries, a super value treasure trove in the Southern Rhone whose wines continue to go from strength to strength. ~ Winery Notes
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This 3-generation family estate currently manages 58 hectares of old vines (80 years on average) - 30 of which are in one single piece in the heart of the Lirac appellation (Gard). They produce wine in three appellations - TAVEL, LIRAC and CÔTES DU RHÔNE (with the Jean Alesi estate).
This family owned and operated winery produces some of the best values in our portfolio. In 1994, Henri de Lanzac, cousin of the late Christophe Delorme from Domaine de la Mordorée, purchased the Domaine and began to improve the quality of the wine. "Ségriès" in provencal means "water spring".
The Domaine Château de Ségriès owns 58 hectares of vineyard land (143 acres), all in old vines, 30 hectares in one piece alone:
- 11 ha (27 acres) in Tavel, on limestone, pebble stone, sand and clay based soils.
- 36 ha (89 acres) in Lirac, on clay and limestone based soils.
- 7 ha (17 acres) in Côtes du Rhône.
- 4 ha (10 acres) in Côtes du Rhône for the "Clos Jean Alesi"
Many of the vines date back to 1925, and were planted by the former owner Count de Regis de Gatimel.
The clay-limestone based soils contribute in an essential way to the quality of the wines, in the same way as the cultivation method and the traditional grape varieties that are used. The cultivation method reduces yields to favor quality, and uses short-term processes and limited use of traditional fertilizers. Mainly harvested by hand, vinified traditionally, privileging Grenache, Ségriès wines have body, warmth, roundness.