BASED IN THE WILD Languedoc appellation of Saint-Chinian, Château Viranel is run with energy and enthusiasm by baby-faced brothers Nicolas and Arnold Bergasse-Milhé, whose family has been making wine here for five centuries. The estate spans 40 hectares of mostly south-facing terraces, close to Beziers and the sparkling Mediterranean. The local weather is perfect for grape growing: dry and warm, with a regular cooling north wind, Tramontane, that keeps the berries fresh and healthy. The five-strong range is is included in our ongoing French wine promotion – perfect excuse to give them a whirl!
Château Viranel ‘Rendez-Vous’ | €11.99 on promo
Crisp and lively, with expressive floral and berry aromas and a satiny, midweight palate that hums with notes of tangy blackcurrant, plum and oregano. Gentle and easy drinking, with soft tannins and a juicy, pulpy finish. Honest and fun.
Cuvée ‘Trilogie’ Rosé | €12.79 on promo
Pale coral hue with a discreetly cool nose of pink grapefruit and strawberry preserve. The pert palate is fine and textured, with delicious notes of sappy watermelon and snappy cranberry. Clean, crisp and thrist quenching.
Cuvée ‘Trilogie’ Rouge | €12.79 on promo
Open and energetic, with bright, pure aromas, mouthfilling weight and fresh notes of peppery dark berries, cassis and orange peel. Seamless, silky, palate, with buffed tannins and a juicy finish.
Château Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Blanc | €14.39 on promo
Clear, pale gold colour with a floral, fruity nose of stonefruit and hawthorn. The palate is quite full and soft, with appealing notes of lemon, apricot and lanolin. Harmonious and succulent, with exquisite balance!
Château Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Rouge | €14.39 on promo
Real scents of the Midi here, with wafts of cassis and liquorice emanating from the glass. Deep and lush on the palate, with sweet, unobtrusive tannins and rich flavours of mulberry, woodsmoke and eucalypt. Generous, accessible style.