Richard Maby enjoys considerable vine holdings in the appellation of Lirac (alonside his holdings in neighbouring Tavel) where he produces a terrific triumvirate of wines. Interestingly, red wine dominates production here, as Tavel must furnish the bulk of the rosé requirement. All three wines are produced under his 'La Fermade' label and have proved consistently reliable over numerous vintages. His red Lirac is usually made from around 55% Grenache Noir, 25% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre that are vinified in vats and then raised in oak barrels of various sizes and ages. The final blend is normally approachable from release but can age well for 5 to 10+ years. With a deep purple colour, forest fruit bouquet and concentrated core of black fruit with peppery undertones and fine-grained tannins, it is a versatile, warming wine that pairs well with slow-cooked, stews, grilled red meat and wild mushroom dishes. Its sibling Lirac rosé wine is made from 90% Cinsault and 10% Grenache Noir that are grown on soils of alluvial deposits, sand and gravel. It has a coral-pink colour, raspberry and redcurrant aromas and a mid-weight red fruit palate with a long, elegant finish. Completing a commendable range is Richard's Lirac blanc - a judicious blend of around 55% Grenache Blanc, 15% Piquepoul and 25% Clairette. With citrus scents and a sensuous stone-fruit palate, it makes an uplifting apéritif or partner to seafood.