ecause of the geographical situation – a relatively high altitude (246 meters) – and a position slightly to the west and set back from the tongue of warmth brought by the bed of the river Aude, the soil of Villerambert enjoys a freshness during the night which is greater than average and an annual total of thermal units lower than the surrounding countryside.
These two features lead to a specific strategy in the make-up of the varietal plantation. They also influence the behaviour of the wines in a region sometimes penalized by an excess of sunshine.
n fact both Syrah and Grenache, each in their own ecosystem, prove that they are perfectly adapted to their soil by producing wine of perfect maturity and splendid acidity. Even the Carignan has found its limitations here due to lack of maturity.
It has therefore been advantageously replaced by the Syrah and by white grape varieties such as Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, which make the white wine of Château Villerambert-Julien totally untypical.
Up until now, the Mourvedre, a variety with extraordinary potential, is being experimented on the warmest slate soils of the property. To date results are most enouraging.