Terres de Bel Air, AOC Beaumes de Venise, Rouge, 2018

Story

The wine
The Beaumes de Venise is located in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail in the Rhone Valley. This majestic mountain chain features a unique terroir surrounding the village of Beaumes de Venise. A geological fault has left outcrops of three different soil types aged 100 to 230 million years: the Terres Blanches de Bel Air, the Terres Grises des Farisiens, and the Terres Ocres du Trias. The artisan winegrowers of Beaumes de Venise selected the finest plots from each of these terroirs to reflect the outstanding personality of this rare natural setting. We invite you to discover each of these 3 terroirs and to taste the marvellous gifts nature has bestowed on us.
Terroir
Located north-east of the town of Beaumes de Venise, at an altitude of nearly 300 metres, Bel Air has a marl and clay-limestone soil between 100 and 140 million years old, with white parent rock. The vines grow mainly on terraces that receive maximum sun exposure and are ideally suited to Grenache (80%) and Syrah (20%) grapes, which are separately fermented.
Vinification
The Grenache grapes are carefully picked when perfectly ripe and then sorted by hand. Once they arrive at the cellar, they are lightly crushed to release some of their juice. The grapes are then put into vat and maintained at a temperature of 25°C. The must is pumped over the cap twice a day and the wine stays on the skins for a total of 15 days. The Syrah grapes are put whole into vat and spend just 10 days there. The juice is blended and aged in concrete vats for 6 months, with regular racking. Ageing this cuvée brings out its intrinsic fruitiness and silky tannin.
Varietals
Grenache : 50%
Syrah : 50%
Specifications
Alcohol content: 15 % vol.

Advice

Tasting notes
The blend has a deep colour and a powerful, yet refined nose with black fruit nuances (blackberry and blueberry). The wine is quite flavoursome on the palate. It is round and smooth, with finesse, complexity, and considerable character.
Food pairing
It is ideal with all red meat dishes ang gourmet salads.

Reviews

89-91/100
"The 2018 Beaumes de Venise Terres de Bel Air is a tank-aged blend that comes from a selection of south-facing vineyards planted on white clays. Plum, peach and black olive notes mark the nose, while the palate is full-bodied and velvety in texture."
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