Drinking Outside The Box

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Two reds from St Chinian estate Château Viranel… July 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

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…even though neither of them is labelled St Chinian. And they say Domaine de Viranel rather than Château Viranel on the label…

Domaine de Viranel Trilogie Cessenon Rouge 2014, Languedoc, France (£10.05 Bancroft Wines, Cambridge Wine Merchants)
Bouncy young red, with jolly, juicy blackberry, plum and blackcurrant flavours tinged with notes of orange peel, vanilla and spice, packed with flavour, but has a backbone of tannin and freshness to hold it all together. Will probably keep going for a few years, but I’d dig into it in its boisterous youth. S

Domaine de Viranel Aromes Sauvages Bouschet Alicante 2013, Cessenon, Languedoc, France (£12.05 Gerrard Seel, Bancroft Wines, Cambridge Wine Merchants)
Feisty wine, has what I call a Central European earthiness – beetroot, tomato etc. – alongside more conventional plum and berry, and there’s a pumice-like mineral character and no shortage of tannin. While I find this more interesting than exciting, I’d still polish off a fair bit with some cassoulet. B(+)

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