Château Viranel is without doubt the finest producer in the tiny St Chinian appellation in the Languedoc. It is located in the commune of Cessenon and covers 40 hectares on south facing chalky/limestone terraces at St Chinian, close to Beziers on the Mediterranean coast. Syrah, Grenache and Carignan are planted and a red, white and rosé wines are produced.
The red is made with 50% Syrah vines of an average age of more than 30 years, the white is 100% Grenache Blanc. All the grapes are hand picked and yields are severely restricted. The quality is very high (Robert Parker is a fan), with the warm micro climate of St Chinian giving generous, full, rich fruity wines of great charm, and marvellous depth of fruit.