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, in Saint-Maurice, Rhône. Known as “cosmoculture®”, this is based on cosmotelluric exchanges. Everything is organized in such a way that both vines and wines are able draw on their own natural defenses.
Work in the vineyards focuses on reorganizing the magnetic field and on the application of homeopathic and naturals preparations made from rocks and plants that are often found in the vineyards. Alain, Philippe’s father, built the winery on an ancient Roman site around an underground spring which they believe energizes the vineyards and the winery.
Explore Domaine Viret with these celestial sips
|Domaine Viret Solstice Blanc Dry 2021|
|$35.95 per bottle ($431.40/case)|
|Solstice Blanc is a thirst-quenching natural white wine with aromas of flowers and stone fruit made from Vermentino, Muscat petit grain, Marsanne, Viognier, Clairette and Bourboulenc grown in the south-facing terraces of Aygues. It was hand-harvested and fermented with native yeasts in concrete vats.
Full bodied, on the nose it has aromas of almonds and lime zest, and a hint of wild Mediterranean herbs and spice. On the palate, it is round and creamy, with notes of vanilla, orange peel and candied grapefruit.
|Domaine Viret Solstice Rouge 2021|
|$27.95 per bottle ($335.40/case)|
|Solstice Rouge is an easy drinking wine, with no chemical additives, made from a blend of red grapes, with nothing added and nothing taken away.
It is natural and unfiltered and is quite inky in appearance with earthy undertones. The palate is fruity and earthy, with notes of black pepper and garrigue. On the palate is delicate and elegant, with nicely integrated tannins. Perfect to pair with meat stews or grilled meats with aromatic herbs.
|Domaine Viret Energie 2021|
|$29.95 per bottle ($359.40/case)|
|From young vines of Syrah with a splash of Mourvèdre and tiny amounts Picpoul Noir, Vaccarèse, Muscardin, and Counoise, “Energie;” vinified and aged in a combination of cement and steel tanks for one year with no added sulfur. The long but gentle infusion-method of extraction gives this wine great clarity of line, with pure, ringing acidity and a tasteful spiciness that speaks more of the northern Rhône than the frequently coarse Syrah of these southerly zones; its name could hardly be more apt.|
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