AOC Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2013

AOC Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2013

Very aromatic, with lovely baked fruits on the palate, luscious sweetness with lingering fruit and scented tea notes. Very satisfying.

Presentation

Situation

Spreads out over the south-east side of the Dentelles de Montmirail hills, in Beaumes de Venise in the southern part of the Rhone valley.

Terroir

On a poor sandy, hungry and arid soil consisting of tender limestone and gritty zones of sandy mollasse.

In the vineyard

The vineyards and their terroir are the essence of our wines. This is where everything starts and where we focus our efforts throughout the year. You can’t make great wine without great grapes.

The viticulture is essentially done by hand. Five people work full-time in the vineyards. They are supplemented by seasonal employees who work during bunch thinning and the harvest in order to bring out the very best in our vines. Working by hand and the attention each vine gets are fundamental. Pruning, de-budding, trellising, leaf removal and picking are thus carried out by hand with the utmost care.

We prepare the soil by using good old-fashioned ploughing. Organic compost is made from grape marc (the discarded stalks and skins).

We use and abide by countrywide standards for ‘sustainable agriculture’.

As a way of protecting the plants, we only use phytosanitary products when necessary and within strict guidelines by staggering the treatments appropriately, to minimise the amount of chemicals used. We prefer to use as much as possible manual and organic techniques . Leaving natural grass cover, removing buds and leaves from the vines, preserving biodiversity around the vineyard: olive, almond and cypress trees, wild rosemary and capers.

Vinification

In the spirit of respecting traditional techniques and the best elements of modern technology, cellar manager Andrew Hall and his winemaker son Romain Hall take family traditions very seriously.

When making our wines, the Muscat de Beaumes de Venise plays a central role and requires great care. After picking the grapes by hand, we press them straightaway to ferment the juice without skins. We don’t add any yeasts and keep the alcoholic fermentation in check by
temperature control. Vin Doux Naturel winemaking involves stopping fermentation to preserve the grapes’ natural sweetness. During vinification, we watch the vats day and night and add the fortifying spirit just at the right moment. At this stage, the wine’s final balance is at stake. The wine is then aged in stainless steel tanks for 6 months before bottling.

Cépages

Muscat à petits grains blancs : 75 %
Muscat à petits grains noirs : 25 %

Tasting tips

Serving

Serve at 8 ° C / Aging qualities: The Muscat becomes mellow well rounded with a copper pink robe. Its bouquet is refined with a perfect balance.

Food pairing

Chilled as an aperitif, the Muscat is a versatile companion to many
dishes. Most expressive with foie gras and roquefort, it retains all its character served with a fruit tart, puff paestry and chocolate deserts.

Reviews & awards

15/20
"Producteur de l'année : plus qu'un Domaine de renom, voilà la propriété mythique de l'appellation !"
- Bettane&Desseauve
Guide Bettane et Desseauve des vins de France , 2014-08-29
"Visual Aspect : white, slightly slamon-pink. Nose : ripe fruits, even dried, raisins, honey. Palate : broad at first taste, with a floral side (rose). Match with food : for a dessert with fruits, even chocolate. Comments : A Grand Muscat !" Sommeliers International , 2014-07-31
85/100
"Golden hue with orange tints. Distinctive Muscat-style nose driven by candied orange. Rich, fleshy palate showing jammy fruit aromas. Intense finish infused with mild spices. A well made, balanced and elegant wine." Gilbert & Gaillard , 2014-07-01