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2011 Château Viranel, Rouge Tradition, St Chinian

2011 Château Viranel, Rouge Tradition, St Chinian

Red | Drink now | Chateau Viranel | Code:  26865 | 2011 | France > Languedoc-Roussillon > St-Chinian | Other Varieties | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol

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The Producer

Chateau Viranel

Chateau Viranel

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.

The Grape

Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

The Region

St-Chinian

Saint-Chinian is a distinctive and delightful French wine appellation with a spectacular backdrop, adorning the foothills of the Cévennes mountains between the larger appellations of Faugères and Minervois.

St Chinian can be divided into two camps, geologically and stylistically. Surrounding the eponymous village, clay soils produce pleasing, fruity wines. Further to the north, at Vieussan and Berlou, we enter a dramatic, schistous landscape at altitudes of over 200 metres.

These wines are more powerful, with often extraordinary gustatory profiles and haunting aromas; Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdere are increasingly important components in these blends. The best wines are both powerful and elegant, and always have plenty of personality.
 

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