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Monday, 27 October 2014

Viranel Tasting Dinner at Pint Shop

Viranel tasting and dinner at Pint Shop with Cambridge Wine Merchants
 
Cambridge Wine Merchants have championed Languedoc wines for many years and supply a number of the city's restaurants, including Pint Shop.
 
One of two wine-making brothers, Arnaud Bergasse took us through a tasting of his wines along with a few plates of food.
 
Less than a year since it opened, Pint Shop has been a phenomenal success - on a dark Thursday night there was standing room only and two fully-booked sittings for dinner.
 
The food is "English revival" - traditional, slightly peasanty and utterly delicious - whilst the vibe is unpretentiously cool.
 
This matches perfectly with the effortless sophistication of Viranel's wines; they are all ripe yet fresh with precision, balance and minerality.
 
Based in Cessenon-sur-Orb in St Chinian, Viranel is a family business dating back to 1551 with 40ha and three distinct terroirs - low-lying alluvial for the everyday drinking and limestone and sandstone schist going up to 400m for the more structured wines.
 
The Wines
 
Trilogie Rosé Syrah, Cab, Cinsault; pale, easy drinking, fresh and balanced
Tradition Rosé Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault; darker, more structured and food-friendly
Tradition Blanc Grenache blanc, Vermentino, Roussanne, Bourboulenc; fresh, floral, mineral with some sweet spice
Tradition Rouge GSM+C, some oak; ripe dark fruits and freshness
V Rouge Syrah and Grenache, old vines, some oak; more texture and complexity
 
All the wines were very enjoyable, but the V Rouge was the most impressive.
Viranel wines are available from Cambridge Wine Merchants and Berry Brothers & Rudd.
 
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