Château Belot

Viognier 2016
Vin de Pays d’Oc

viognier

Estate bottled

A family enterprise

Château Belot is a family enterprise built between 1987, when Jacques and Gisèle Belot bought their first vineyard, and 1996, when the Belot bought Château du Tendon, a former royal hunting lodge.
Their son Lionel is now in charge of the winery.

The complete installation has been updated and photo voltaic cells now cover the electrical needs of the Estate.

The Estate sits on : 25 hectares of St Chinian AC and 18 hectares of varietals : Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. 80% of the ground is calcareous clay, the remainder schists.

Wine

Soil

Wine

Making

Drinking

Advice

The Estate sits on 25 hectares of St Chinian AC and 13 hectares of varietals : merlot, cabernet sauvignon and viognier.

The latter represents only a small percentage of the varietals. The ground on which the viognier is grown is calcareous clay from the Tertiary.

A green harvest in July makes it possible to select the grapes. The real harvest is done at night to take advantage of low temperatures. Yield is lower than 40 hl/ha.

Viognier 100%

Maceration with the skins for 6 hours. Quick press, followed by 48 hours decanting.

Fermentation is performed under temperature control (14 to 16°C). A regular stirring of the lees makes a better aroma extraction possible.

Serve at 14 / 16°C.

The first pleasure is a very flowery bouquet. The wine has power and a long lasting flavour, and will suit fine sea food dishes or be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif.