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Domaine Viret Cuvee Renaissance, VDF (Natural / Biodynamic) 2013

Wine Type: Large_icon Large_icon
Style of Wine:Earthy & Spicy
Country of Origin:France
Wine Region:Rhône Valley
Appellation:Cotes Du Rhone-Villages
Grape Varietal:Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre
Bottle Format:750mL
Case Size:12 bottles
$407.40 Per Case ($33.95/btl)

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Tasting Notes

Domaine Viret: Natural Winemaking / Cosmoculture Farming

Advocates of the principles of organic and biodynamic agriculture, the Viret family has chosen to employ a particular form of natural viticulture throughout their estate. Known as"cosmoculture this is based on cosmotelluric exchanges. Everything is organised in such a way that both vines and wines are able to draw on their own natural defences. Work in the vineyards focuses on reorganising the magnetic field and on the application of preparations made from rocks and plants that are often found on the spot. ln the winery,everything has been set up to provide continuity with methods applied in the vineyards.The winery which was built according to ancient architectural rules (angle of the sun, golden number, cubits,etc.) from blocks of stone weighing 3 to 6 metric tons, provides the ideal location in which to make and improve wine.Vinification principles are highly simplistic, since it's the quality of the raw materials that is of the greatest importance in making a premium wine. All oenological products and technical operations that seek to modify the wine's intrinsic, equilibrium are banished. Our philosophy draws on the principles of geobiology and flows of energy. It is designed to allow for the wine-maker's own individual and personal interpretation and sensitivity to come in to play. The aim is to produce authentic, natural, living wines that faithfully reflect the terroir from which they originate. The sensory perceptions and gustatory merit that a wine is able to offer should represent the achievements of a lengthy period of reflection and effort.

The Appellation of the Cuvee Renaissance is simply Vin De France (VDF) since it is like no other wine from their hamlet, village or region.


Critical Praise

This is one of the most exciting Natural wines ever produced. "Zero sulphur, 24 months in concrete, long slow 30 day maceration. The workhorse wine of the estate; genache, syrah and mourvèdre. Wow, this is alive, so vibrant fresh, vital. Perfectly ripe black fruit, red fruit, slightly candied but still fresh (sample opened yesterday). Terrific energy. Purity, elegance and concentration. Beautiful garrigue, violet lavender, licorice, amazing. Love this wine - could drink all day. " John Szabo, Toronto Standard / Wine Align"

"Cosmoculture is a method of grape growing and winemaking born in the early 1990s out of the philosophical and metaphysical ruminations of the father and son team of Alain and Philippe Viret. The Virets are proprietors of a small wine estate in the southern Rhône Valley, in the picturesque village of St. Maurice. After the estate became certified organic in 1990, the Virets began experimenting with, and applying, “ancient agricultural and energy principles” to their farming and wine production. It was more than organics, more than biodynamics; they dubbed it, and subsequently trademarked it, cosmoculture ®." For more on this please see this great article written by John Szabo .MS http://www.torontostandard.com/culture/szabo-cosmoculture


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