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Château Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Blanc


Chateau Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Blanc has a fruity, fresh and delicate nose dominated by citrus and lifted by notes of white flowers and apricot. The palate is surprising because of its balance and harmony with the nose. The finish has great finesse and is long and minerally. The two very different areas of the Viranel estate where white Grenache grows give this wine great balance, a blend of richness and freshness, fruit and an almost saline minerality.

Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Subregion: Saint-Chinian
Vintage: 2013
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Grenache Blanc, Vermentino/Favorita, Roussanne, Bourboulenc
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Synthetic cork
Style: Fruity and fresh
Drink With: Roast monkfish with confit lemons

Made predominantly from Grenache Blanc, with Vermentino, Roussanne and a touch of Bourboulenc, this Château Viranel white Saint-Chinian typifies all that is good from the Languedoc. The harvest takes place very early in the morning so that the grapes reach the winery whilst they are still cool to retain their aromas and flavours. 15% of the blend is vinified in new oak barrels and matured on its lees for three months.

From Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages:
60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Vermentino, 15% Roussanne, 5% Bourboulenc. Blend of young and old vines. Honeyed and a little salty/herbal quinine note. Good fruit with a firm, appetising, green streak. More in the citrus spectrum than anywhere else, with an intense sherbet-like acidity that makes this a properly refreshing glass of wine. I'd drink it young, but it does the job very well! Good Value. 16 Points

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