• Guillaume Gonnet Le Virtuose Lirac, 2019

Guillaume Gonnet Le Virtuose Lirac, 2019

Compare this with a 100% Texas wine to showcase the evolution of Texas wine

“The Virtuoso” is a 91-point Wine Spectator French wine perfect for comparing with great Texas wines, composed of two of Texas' top varietals (80% Grenache, 20% Syrah).

Experience a top-rated wine that brilliantly showcases the excellence and character akin to the finest Texas wines. Grown from venerable 40-year-old vines on a sun-drenched plateau, this exquisite blend mirrors the distinctive Texas terroir's rich red clay, sandy soil, and pebbly surface. The vineyard's commitment to Lutte raisonnée, a balanced approach emphasizing minimal chemical intervention and ecological harmony, echoes the sustainable practices of leading Texas wineries, highlighting a shared dedication to quality and environmental stewardship.

This wine, a sophisticated blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, presents a vibrant tapestry of flavors — intense red and black fruits, spices, and the unique touch of Provence herbs. Its unoaked character unveils a natural, pure expression reminiscent of Texas's McPherson Cellars Block Select Grenache, 2019, and Edge of The Lake Vineyards Estate Grenache, 2022. With each sip, savor the elegance of soft tannins and the evolving complexity of licorice, truffle, and dark chocolate. This wine is not just a drink; it's evidence of the craft and quality that elevate Texas winemaking to global acclaim.

We suggest Texas wine skeptics to taste it next to the following 100% Texas wines:

McPherson Cellars Block Select Grenache, 2019
Edge of The Lake Vineyards Estate Grenache, 2022

Experience Intense red and black fruits, lots of spices and garrigue (herbs from Provence), soft, elegant tannins developing complex aromas (licorice, truffle and dark chocolate) with aging.
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Vintage 2019
Size 750ml
ABV 14.5%
PairingsSlow cooked meal such as a Daube (Southern French casserole) or a baked lamb
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