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Bernardins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Rouge
Domaine des Bernardins
France - Rhone Valley - Beaumes de Venise AOC

The wine is produced from vineyards that spread over the south-east side of the Dentelles de Montmirail hills, in Beaumes de Venise in the southern part of the Rhone valley.
Deep, dense, tightly packed nose with smoky herbal essences and lovely peppery, stemmy fragrance. Round and full-bodied, very rich with concentrated black fruits - but the acidity is perfectly balanced and the tannins are pleasingly muscular.

Specifications
Appellation
Beaumes de Venise AOC
Varietal(s)
65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache Blanc
Soil type
poor sandy, hungry and arid soil consisting of tender limestone and gritty zones of sandy mollasse.
Vinification
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.
No overripe grapes and over-extraction, so that the wine stays refreshing and balanced.
Leaving the wine for 15 days in concrete vats, they gently extract the tannins and anthocyanins that are essential for the wine’s structure and color. The wine doesn’t come into any contact with wood during aging. This way the characteristics of the terroir can fully express themselves.
Pairings

Serve with a meal especially red meat, game and cheese.

Reviews and News

2017 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 94 PTS - DECANTER

2017 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 94 PTS - DECANTER

decanter logo 250"Aged for 10-12 months in stainless steel, this has intense juniper and rosemary notes on the very rounded and savoury palate. The tannins are robust but ripe and will need time to settle, and the acidity is fierce. It's very powerful but balanced overall, retaining freshness. An impressive wine with tremendous focus and seething energy. Another excellent vintage for one of the best value wines in the southern Rhône. Drinking Window 2022 - 2028"
- Decanter (November 2018), 94 pts

2016 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 94 PTS - DECANTER

2016 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 94 PTS - DECANTER

decanter logo 250"Alive with peppery freshness and herbal bitters, rosemary and thyme. Full-bodied, very fresh and lively on the palate, with sculpted fruit and tannin, and a discreet bitter saline twist on the finish. It's very well balanced, and deeply savoury and herbal. Drinking Window 2019 - 2026"
- Decanter (October 2017), 94 pts

2016 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 93 PTS - WA

2016 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"If I had some concerns about how the 2015 would turn out, I've no question regarding the quality of the 2016 Beaumes de Venise, undoubtedly one of the top wines of the appellation. Complex aromas of flowering thyme, lavender and bay leaf join cracked pepper, roasted meat and red raspberries in this tank-aged blend of 70% Grenache (including a small proportion of Grenache Blanc), 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. Full-bodied, silky in texture, with a long, vibrant, pepper and berry-laden finish, it should drink well for more than a decade. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (October 2018), 93 pts

2013 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 86-89 PTS - WA

2013 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 86-89 PTS - WA

wa89"Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2013 Beaumes de Venise (65% Grenache and 35% Syrah that’s aged all in concrete) is a pretty, perfumed and Provençal effort that gives up plenty of peppery herbs, dark fruits and garrigue. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced on the palate, with solid underlying acidity, it’s quite good and should drink nicely on release, with a solid 3-4 years of prime drinking. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #216, January 2015), 86-89 pts

2009 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 88 PTS - WA

2009 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge - 88 PTS - WA

wa88"This excellent estate, which produces a very good sweet Beaumes de Venise, does an even better job with their Cotes du Rhone-Villages Beaumes de Venise, a three-fourths Grenache / one-fourth Syrah blend aged in foudre. The 2009 exhibits Provencal pepper, lavender and roasted herb notes intermixed with black currants, black cherries, truffles and spice. It is a medium to full-bodied, traditionally styled Cotes du Rhone to drink over the next several years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 88 pts

Producer Information: Domaine des Bernardins

Domaine des Bernardins is a fifth-generation family-owned estate on the edge of the tiny village of Beaumes de Venise. The owners are Elisabeth Hall (the granddaughter of Louis Castaud) and ...
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