Domaine Viret Renaissance sulphite free wine
Perhaps Philippe's most successful wine. A beautiful, powerful blend aged only in concrete to preserve the natural fruit flavours. Nothing added and nothing taken away.
Domaine Viret Renaissance - we're now stepping up to some seriously good wines. This blend was aged in concrete vats at the winery for 24 months, so the wine could develop while the abscence of wood helps concentrate the fruit. This is a powerful wine, best decanted and left to breathe for an hour.
Viret's website states:
"This renaissance comes from an assemblage of noble grape varieties of the Rhone valley: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre.Grenache, the king of the southern part of the coasts of the Rhone, is a major part of it. The Viret family has opted for a policy highlighting the Grapes and Ancient Assemblies. This cuvée comes from different plots and terroir of the fine estate to offer you an organoleptic vision of the whole natural environment of the place named in Roman times the hills of the clos du paradis."
All Philippe's wines are beyond organic, being produced under his trademarked system of "Cosmoculture" which is a blend of organic and biodynamic principles with ancient beliefs about nature derived from as far afield as the Aboriginees and the Native American Indians. This is further coupled with telluric energy as Alain, Philippe's father, built the winery on an ancient Roman site around an underground spring which they believe energises the vineyards and the winery. They have obelisks dotted around the vineyards to suck down energy from the stars too!
It goes much deeper than this as they built the winery on the former Roman site out of the same stone the Romans used (5 tonne blocks of sandstone), in the same method using no mortar. And they designed it to face a certain direction, as had the Romans, which is something to do with "the magic number". Please read their explanation of Cosmoculture on their website, it is fascinating. And I can honestly say Philippe makes wines like nobody else - they are superb, delicious, healthy and energising!
|Winery status||Family owned and run|
|Grapes||Grenache, Syrah, Mouverdre|
|Style||Smooth and powerful|
|Grapes Own Yeast||Yes|
|No wood used||Yes|
|Sulphite level||Sulphite Free|