2017 Phillippe Viret Renaissance” Vin de France
A blend of the classic varieties of the area, “Renaissance” combines Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Carignan from parcels scattered throughout the property. It ferments naturally in concrete and undergoes a 45-day-long maceration, then spends nearly four years in concrete with no added. The phenomenal 2016 offers a layered, meditative character, with ripe but beautifully controlled fruits unfurling slowly throughout the gently extracted, vibrant palate. This is expertly rendered zero-sulfur wine that speaks clearly of the terroir and is viscerally expressive of its impeccable fruit of origin.