La Beaume, AOC Beaumes de Venise, Rouge, 2019

"Located north of the village of Lafare, the slopes are protected from the Mistral wind by the Dentelles de Montmirail. Their east, south-east orientation allows them to receive optimal sunshine and ensures a homogenous ripening. A classic blend of Grenache and Syrah with a deliciously surprising result as the wine is so full: maturity, juice, concentration, expression... Irresistible! " - Jérémie Léone, Sommelier

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.
Location
Average age of the vines : 35 years.
Altitude of the Vineyard : 250 mètres.
Terroir
Located north of the village of Lafare, the terroir des Farisiens consists primarily of oxfordian black marl dating from the Upper Jurassic period (140-150 million years B.C.). Centuries of erosion formed hills (mostly facing east and southeast) at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, guaranteeing outstanding sun exposure as well as shelter from the mistral. Wines from this terroir have a lovely dark colour and ripe fruit aromas.
In the vineyard
Density : 4000 à 4500 vines/ha
Yield: 30 hl/ha
Vinification
Fully ripe grapes are harvested and sorted out by hand, then undergo a gentle pressing. The temperature is kept at 25°C during fermentation.
Ageing
The varieties are then blended and matured in concrete vats for 12 months.
Varietals
Grenache noir : 90%
Syrah : 10%
Specifications
Alcohol content: 14,5 ABV

Advice

Tasting notes
Dark, enigmatic robe. Expressive and playful nose of red and black fruits. In the mouth, what juice! Ripe burlat cherry pulp, crushed raspberries, violet, liquorice stick... A multitude of aromas, each one more delectable than the next, contained in a dense and very fresh substance. Fine and silky tannins give a grain of texture that adds even more delicacy to this true nectar. Decant it 2 hours before serving at 16°C.
Food and wine pairings
A delicious, irresistible juice with a "blood" side that will be an ideal companion for all lovers of red meat: a duck breast with gastric sauce and gratin Dauphinois will make sparks fly, to enjoy the velvety substance of the wine as much as the melting of the potatoes. Also with beet, which will satisfy all publics. Taste it in carpaccio to which you will add a few slices baked in the oven: original chips for a playful and memorable game of textures!

Reviews

89-91/100
"From compact gray clay soils said to resemble those of Gigondas at 250–300 meters above sea level, the 2018 Beaumes de Venise is floral and spicy on the nose, then delivers purple raspberries and dark chocolate on the palate. Full-bodied and dense, it finishes velvety and warm."
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93-94/100
"This is very chewy with lots of rich fruit, yet it’s framed by ripe tannins. Solid red."