Bright ruby color with cherry tinges. Complex black fruit aromas on the nose enhanced by spicy notes. Rounded palate with good length.
The wine is drinking well right now and can be kept for another 10 years.
|Vintage:||2014||Grape Varietals:||65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache Blanc||ABV:||13.5%|
|Aging:||Fermented in large Foudre|
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.
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).
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.
We make two red wines at the estate. Terroir wines shaped by the two classic Côtes du Rhône varieties: Grenache and Syrah. We don’t follow any winemaking recipe but are constantly searching for the perfect expression of terroir and each vintage’s particular characteristics. We don’t go for overripe grapes and over-extraction, as we think the wine has to stay refreshing and balanced.
Leaving the wine for 15 days in concrete vats, we try to gently extract the tannins and anthocyanins essential for the wine’s structure and colour. The wine doesn’t come into any contact with wood during ageing. This way the characteristics of our terroir can fully express
Serve with a meal especially red meat, game and cheese.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|F0EE106045GRM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 00912 1||1 07 84585 00912 8||$19.99|
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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