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2018 Syrah-Viognier Le Campuget, Château de Campuget

2018 Syrah-Viognier Le Campuget, Château de Campuget
ref. CAMP181

Wine Varieties:
Syrah - Syrah - or Shiraz - is a French dark-skinned red grape variety. Despite numerous legends about Syrah's origins, DNA profiling has now found that this grape is the offspring of two obscure southern French varieties: Mondeuse Blanche and Dureza. It is therefore now accepted as fact that Syrah's origins lie in the northern Rhône Valley. Whether this is the same grape that produced the wine so enjoyed by Pliny the Elder in the first century AD is unknown; he was certainly drinking wine made from a dark-skinned grape from the northern Rhône at that time. The father of the Australian wine industry - Scotsman James Busby - took Syrah (he called it both Scyras and Ciras) to that country in the mid-19th century and it is now thought that Australia can boast the oldest Syrah vineyards in the world.
Viognier - Stories of Viognier coming from Croatia have been found to be incorrect and Viognier is now thought to be a northern Rhône Valley variety, most likely coming from around Condrieu and Ampuis, a region which is still its centre of production for fine wine. Analysis of Viognier has shown it to be related to both Syrah and Nebbiolo. Viognier has to be carefully cultivated and vinified to rein in its propensity for heaviness; it is naturally a highly aromatic variety giving rich, exotic fruit.

Wine Region: We are near Nimes here in the Languedoc: a part of the southern Rhône Valley. This is a truly Mediterranean region of long, warm summers and mild winters and here vineyards are planted on soil made of “gress”, pebbles rolled by the various floods of the Rhone in the Quaternary era.

Wine Producer: Château de Campuget lies in the Costières de Nimes, an appellation influenced by - and now considered part of - the Rhône Valley. The Dalle family came here from the north of France during the war. 

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Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Syrah
  Producer
Producer:
Château de Campuget
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
  Country
Country:
France
  Appellation
Appellation:
IGP Gard
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2022
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Rhône Valley
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Lovely pure, dark fruit aromas meet the nose of the taster tangled up with some spice. But overall this smells freshly of black plums. The palate is supple and continues that theme of purity. This has great unoaked appeal. The blend might seem unusual, but it is the same as that employed in the wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône. Another Campuget winner!

#3wordtastingnote: dark fruit, pure, supple

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