Château Viranel | Languedoc, France

Château Viranel, Arômes Sauvages, 2020

Château Viranel, Arômes Sauvages, 2020

  • Red Still
  • 75cl
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Chateau Viranel Aromes Sauvages has a very expressive nose with notes of ripe black fruits, pepper, thyme, fennel, pine nuts and just a touch of musk. Arômes Sauvages - wild aromas indeed! Despite the dark brooding colour, the palate is suave and well rounded with great depth of flavour. Not heavy, the tannins are ripe and unobtrusive. Notes of dark chocolate and mocha are abundant in the finish with hints of lead pencil and savoury spice.

Château Viranel's Arômes Sauvages is made from a local grape variety - Alicante-Bouschet - a hybrid grape from the crossing of Grenache Noir and Petit Bouschet back in 1855. Having tasted this for the first time a few months ago, I struggle to see why the grape hasn't been planted far and wide! These vines are old, planted back in 1939, so harvest yields are small and of the highest quality. Château Viranel harvests by hand at perfect maturity, and traditional vinification takes place in concrete tanks.

The wild boar and the rabbit frolicking on the label are regular visitors to the vineyard, and their love of Alicante-Bouschet grapes means that already small yields are reduced even further.

From Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages:

100% Alicante Bouschet, planted in 1939, yields 28 hl/ha. Stainless steel and concrete tanks. Dark wild berries and lavender. White pepper. Distinctive and crunchy and packed with crackling texture. Layers of just-ground-dark-roasted coffee, juniper, pine resin and savoury plum. Lots of rugged character. Definitely a wine for rich game dishes or a rare very well-hung steak (no sauce, thrice-cooked chips, please). Drink 2015-2019. 16.5 Points (2013 vintage)

  • ❖ ABV: 13.5%

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Château Viranel

Château Viranel is situated in the foothills of the Massif Central in Languedoc- Roussillon, overlooking the Valley of the Orb, at the heart of the Saint-Chinian appellation. The southern exposure of Château Viranel’s vineyards provides the property with a unique microclimate and ensures their vines receive the maximum amount of sunlight.

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