Virevalois is run by the Entercoop Trading Company, which has 150 wineries in its portfolio. It allows small chateaux like the one who created our selection to compete in the highly competitive Bordeaux market. Consider that there are about 9,000 wineries in the entire U.S and over 7,300 wineries just in Bordeaux.
Virevalois is in the Entre-Deux-Mers sub- region of Bordeaux. The name translates roughly to "between two rivers," as the land is bordered on the northeast by the Dordogne and on the southwest by the Garonne.
The grapes here are a bit different than most in the appellation. This blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Usually Merlot dominates the blend because it ripens earlier, but here, the Cabernet Sauvignon ripens fully for a richer wine.
Virevalois represents an outstanding value for one main reason, the vintage. When 2014 was first crushed, it was hailed as a great vintage. But by the time the wines were released, the buzz on the 2015 vintage was even greater, so everybody forgot about the 2014s. That's good for us, because it is still a great vintage - and a great value, as the prices are a fraction of the 2015 prices.
Here is beautifully anointed and appointed Bordeaux as it should be. The nose is classic earth and mineral notes as the dark cherry and cassis aromas are just beginning to emerge. The palate presents firm tannins, but harnessed by the emerging fruit. This is a beauty that will reward you for many years to come.