Domaine Viret Solstice sulphite free wine
A great introduction to Viret wines. Fruity, earthy, very natural in style. No added acid (or anything else) of course so it harmonises with the body and quickly becomes really "moreish"!
Domaine Viret Solstice is a soft, easy drinking wine free from all chemical additives. Inky in appearance with earthy undertones, as it is completely natural and unfiltered. It's a blend of assorted red grapes, with nothing added and nothing taken away. Once you start drinking this style of wine you very quickly learn to love the true flavours and will struggle to go back to manipulated wines afterwards!
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|
|Annual production||15000 bottles|
|Grapes||Mourvèdre, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Caladoc, Marselan|
|Grapes Own Yeast||Yes|
|Sulphite level||Sulphite Free|