2013 Domaine de Viranel ‘Trilogie’ St Chinian Languedoc-Roussillon
Syrah 33% Cabernet 33% Alicante Boushet 33%
The grapes were hand harvested and vinified separately at the winery. The Syrah and Cabernet coming off 30 year old vineyards and the Allicante Boushet off a vineyard planted in 1946. Only a few vineyards of this age are still planted to this rather obscure grape variety and it only has been kept, as the fruit produced is amazing. The Maceration period was kept relatively short, so as not to dry out the fruit, ensuring the wine remains juicy and fleshy. Maturation for 10 months took place in stainless steel and concrete tanks. They have a large number of concreate tanks of varying sizes, which is a little unusual for an old or modern winery. But the Bergasse brothers swear by them and continue their use. Zero oak influence allows nothing but the gorgeous fruit to shine through.
Dark plum, violet nuances are evident, along with just the slightest hint of spice cake. The wine has a medium bodied nature, with perfumed floral notes that engage and excite. These are the traditional southern French aromas and flavors of lavender, violets and blackberries.
You will need to use a really big glass and decant, letting it open up. The wine has hints of the “Pinot-esque” about it, with a floral perfumed nature, yet it has this rustic, robustness that makes it a joy to drink