The main winegrowing areas of the Lirac appellation are the following:
• The Villafranchian terraces, the largest of which is the Vallongue Plateau, stretching over both Lirac and Tavel. Those rolled-pebble terraces are particularly suitable to winegrowing, and give wines of great depth and complexity.
• The soft slopes and the screes south of the limestone cliffs of Saint-Geniès, a mix of Villafranchian pebbles and of Urgonian calcareous broken stone on top of a substrate of Astian sands and clays
• The Astian sands of Saint-Laurent and Lirac. Those soils are very rich in red silica, with also outcrops of red sandstone, which is very uncommon in the region. The vines planted there give excellent wines featuring both depth and freshness.
The vine varieties allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape are the following:
• Red varieties: Black Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan, the latter up to ten per cent at most.
• White varieties: White or Grey Grenache, White Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Viognier, Roussane, White Ugni.
The Domaine de la Mordorée’s vineyards grown under the Lirac appellation are located mainly in the following districts: the plateaus of Lirac and Tavel, Les Baumes, as well as an area called Les Châtaigniers, meaning the chestnut trees, which are quite unusual in those parts.
• Mediterranean Climate
• Sunshine: 200 days per year
• Average temperatures: 22°C in the summer, 7.3°C in winter
• Rainfall: 201 mm in the summer, 503 mm the rest of the year
• The mistral blows an average 158 days per year.