Chateau Viranel Tradition Rouge, 2016
Taste Profile Where it's from
A premium red from Saint-Chinian, an area renowned for some great red wines. Old vines (30-90 years old), low-yields and limestone based, steep-sided slopes, are the perfect base for this classy, age-worthy wine. Made from a blend of Syrah (dark fruits), Grenache (ripe and fleshy), Mourvèdre (bitter cherry) and Carignan (wild herbs), this is given great complexity through subtle oak ageing. - Andy Howard
About the Wine
Owned by the same family since 1551, this property is situated in the AC of Saint-Chinian, one of the best appellations in the wider Languedoc-Roussillon area of south east France.
Saint-Chinian is located to the south of the beautiful but very rugged Montagne Noir, and lies between two other notable appellations – Faugères and Minervois. Today, a new generation of winemakers are taking Viranel forward with Nicolas working at the chateau since 2003, before being joined in 2009 by Arnaud. Together they are trying to emphasise the special qualities found in this region with varied soil types.
Viranel enjoys pebble/gravel alluvial soils, alongside sandstone and limestone terracing. Despite the warmth of this part of France, the elevation and location in Saint Chinian brings cool nights even during the height of summer, giving the wines energy and freshness.
Works well with
Grilled meats, meat with rich sauces, game and well-matured cheeses. Particularly good with rib of beef or roasted lamb. Delicious with pan-fried duck breast.
|Grapes||Syrah 40%, Grenache Noir 40%, Mourvèdre 10%, Carignan 10%|
|Region||Saint-Chinian AOP, Languedoc|
|Volume||750ml (Full bottle)|