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Nicolas is back – Viranel Winemaker Dinner

October 24th, 2017

For those of you who were lucky enough to be at our winemaker dinner with Nicolas Bergasse from Chateau Viranel last November, you will be delighted to learn that he is back ( by popular demand ). For those of you who weren’t there, it was a great night and Nicolas’ charm and wines matched perfectly with the food and ambiance of Mulcahys in Clonmel.

Friday November 24th is the date. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Nicolas from Viranel at Wine Dinner

A great night was had and Nicolas went away with the promise of loads of help at this years harvest. I’m not sure how many made the trip but maybe he will get more empty promises this year. Its more about the conversation and the wine than the actual work :)

VIRANEL 2013 JM PEYRAL (465)

If you want to join the fun, the cost is €60 which includes 4 courses and 4 wines to match. The charming Frenchman is included. Booking is direct with Mulcahys so call 052-6125054 or call into their lovely pub/restaurant/guesthouse on Gladstone Street and book your tickets now. Ask for Sharon or Gerry.

Mulcahys Wine Dinner Poster

Meet Nicolas and Arnaud of Chateau Viranel

August 15th, 2014

The multi award winning Château Viranel

Nicolas & Arnaud BERGASSE-MILHÉ are two brothers who have taken over the family estate of Château Viranel. Where is this estate? It is in the heart of Languedoc, in Saint-Chinian. Here, in the south of France, on limestone terraced hills, the vines share the land and sun with the garrigue and olive trees. Their family vineyard consists of 40 hectares on which they use a system of sustainable agriculture in order to preserve the lasting quality of its soils.

The property has been in the family for nearly five centuries (since 1551), passed down from generation to generation. In the grounds of our property are the remains of a Gallo-Roman villa.

The Awards

Their list of awards is long but the big one is their award for the 2011 V for Viranel, which received 95/100 from Decanter but also 13th place in their Top 50 wines of the year ( that’s of all wines from all over the world ).

I’ve often waxed lyrical about terroir and wines that reflect the place where they come from, and the people who make them. These wines are a perfect example. This is how Nicolas & Arnaud describe why their wines taste like they do…

Four factors

– Our climate
- Our terroir
- The grapes we choose to grow
- Our skill in making our wines.

Our hot Mediterranean climate is tempered by the north wind – the Tramontane – from the mountains of the Cévennes. Cool nights help our grapes ripen gently, and the breezes dry up any moisture that might spoil them, so they are in the best possible shape when picked.

Our vineyards feature three main soil types:
• Rolled pebbles which help us make rounded, supple and fruity wines
• Limestone terraces which bring freshness, finesse and aromatic richness
• Sandstone which brings power, complexity and minerality

Finally, as winemakers, we use our know-how to work with the climate, the terroir and our vines in as natural and respectful a way as we can. Nature has given us this wonderful heritage, and we do our utmost to preserve and enhance it. That’s why we practise culture raisonnée, a balanced and sustainable approach to winegrowing. And in the winery, combining traditional winemaking with the most modern vinification methods enables us to achieve the best we can. It’s the combination of these four factors that gives wines from VIRANEL a real identity.

The Wines

The Chateau Range

Tradition Rouge St Chinian
Tradition Blanc St Chinian

The Wines made from the weird grape you haven’t heard of

Trilogie Rouge
Aromes Sauvages

The wine made for easy drinking with a blend of the two Cabernets

Rendez Vous

The top wine – the one that won the awards

V for Viranel

Here is a nice video we found online showing a tour of the vineyard and an explanation of where the different wines come from ( how’s your French ). We’ll hopefully visit soon and do our own version.

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