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Château Viella

Since 1952, the Bortolussi family owns the 25 hectares of vines in a single stretch, ideally located in AOP Madiran (20ha) and AOP Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh (5ha).

The Château Viella is part of the few top-domains and leaders of the appellation. The impressive regularity in the quality of the cuvees has made its great reputation.

The imposing Viella Castle overlooks the vineyard since the 18th century. It now serves as a splendid storeroom for oak barrels in its vaulted cellars.

The new generation, with the two daughters Marion and Claire, marks the next step of this domain that never stop evolving.

RED WINES
Tradition
AOP Madiran
Château Viella
Grape varieties:
60% Tannat, 40% Cabernet Franc

Harvest and vinification :
Harvest at optimal maturity.
Destemming, crushing and long vatting for 28 days with temperature control.
30% is aged in oak barrels for 12 months.
 
 
Alc. by Vol.: 13% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Beautiful dark and deep red color.
The complex nose evokes ripe grapes.
After a fresh attack, the wine is full on the palate and tannins are elegant.
The finish is pleasant, suave and just the right length.






Expression
AOP Madiran
Château Viella 
Grape varieties:
80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinification :
Destemming, crushing, long vatting for 28 days with temperature control.
Aged in oak barrels for 12 months.

Alc. by Vol.: 13,5% Vol.
 
Tasting notes:
An intense and deep garnet-vermilion color.
The complex, powerful and rich nose evokes ripe fruit, spices, vanilla and a hint of liquorice. After aeration, undergrowth and tobacco notes appear thus disclosing all the subtlety and finesse of the wine.
In the mouth, full-bodied with a sweet and generous volume. The fine tannins evolve then to a silky and fleshy texture giving length and intensity without excess. Complex aroma with fruit notes.



 




Prestige
AOP Madiran
Château Viella 
Grape variety :
100% Tannat

Harvest and vinification :
Hand harvest.
Destemming, crushing, long vatting for 28 days with temperature control.
Aged in new oak barrels for 12 months.

 
 
Alc. by Vol.: 14% Vol.

Tasting notes :
A deep and dark ruby color.
The powerful and complex nose is dominated by ripe fruit as well as spice and vanilla.
Full-bodied on the palate with smooth tannins and a very long aromatic finish.





DRY WHITE WINE
Pacherenc dry white
AOP Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh
Château Viella
Grape varieties:
60% Gros Manseng, 20% Petit Manseng, 20% Arrufiac

Harvest and vinification :
Traditional harvest by hand in early October.
The harvest is destemmed and placed in vats for 20 hours of maceration.
Alcoholic fermentation take place for 3-4 weeks at 18°C in 225L oak barrels which a quarter are new.

 
 
Alc. by Vol.: 13% Vol.

Tasting notes :
The nose is complex and full of fruit.
The palate reveal an ample and generous texture with fresh fruit flavors supported by a creaminess and hints of vanilla from the oak.
The finish is vibrant, fresh and long.





SWEET WHITE WINE
Louise d'Aure
AOP Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh
Château Viella
Grape varieties:
50% Gros Manseng, 50% Petit Manseng

Harvest and vinification :
Mid-November, traditional hand picking of the over-ripped and concentrated grapes.
The harvest is completely destemmed then placed in vats for 20 hours to macerate.
The alcoholic fermentation occurs over 3 to 4 weeks at 18°C in 225L oak barrels.
 
 
Alc. by Vol.: 13% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Golden color with green tints.
The nose is full of exotic fruit, flowers and honey.
Fresh and consistent on the palate with a generous aromatic complexity and enough acidity to maintain balance.





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