This approach, born of the passion of the vine growers for their terroir and the desire for excellence. Since its launch in 2011, the selection is made every year.
What are virtuosos?
A virtuoso wine is a wine from the most beautiful plots of the estate, it shows the excellence of the terroir and the work of man, it is his most beautiful vintage: it is the grail of the winemaker.
How does wine become Virtuoso?
The wine, before being blindfolded by a college of journalists, must meet a very strict specifications. Low yields, vineyards on slopes, exposure, aging potential, respect for the environment, etc.
Who decides if a wine is Virtuoso and how?
Since the start of this selection, the wines are only tasted blindly by journalists, freelancers, sommeliers and other wine personalities, seasoned professionals for tasting.
What is the difference between this tasting and the others?
What makes the Virtuoses unique is the fact that each wine is tasted on three vintages! One vintage currently on sale and two more older, up to twenty years for some. If one of the three vintages is less qualitative than the others, so if the aging potential is not proven then the cuvee is rejected without appeal.
Why taste three vintages?
The wine growers of the Appellation Saint-Chinian wish to guarantee wine enthusiasts the pleasure of tasting that the wine is 2 years old or 10 years old. Slow aging in the cellar.
Is this ranking fixed?
No, of course the ranking is put into play every year. Forbidden to fall asleep on its laurels!
Why did you start this process?
Through this great project, the winegrowers wish to highlight the wonderful complexity of the great terroirs of Languedoc and more precisely of the Appellation Saint-Chinian.
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