Delas Freres Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
Vintage: 2015 (Current)
The name Beaumes-de-Venise comes from cellars made of steep stone walls that dominate the village of Beaumes. Venise, in the region of “Comtat Vénaissin,” once belonged to the papacy in Avignon. In the 14th Century, Baumes cultivated a “Muscadière” or designated area of Muscat vines, which extended over 173 acres. Of the 2,964 acres of the appellation, only 618 are planted with Muscat Blanc à Petit Grain, producing a naturally sweet wine that was often referred to as "Nectar des Dieux" (Nectar of the Gods).
The harvesting is done manually at various times in order to collect only grapes of optimum maturity. After the pressing, the wine is left to settle and a low-temperature fermentation is carried out on fine lees, at a maximum of 60° Fahrenheit. The wines are only blended with pure alcohol to reach a minimum of 15 percent and 150g sugar. To avoid oxidation, the wine is aged in stainless steel vats without air contact. After fining and filtration the wine is bottled in one procedure.
The wine has a pale golden hue. The bouquet shows intense fruity and floral aromas. On the palate, this wine has an elegant freshness. It is full-bodied and has lingering fruity aromas with a lemon-tinged finish.
Varietals: Muscat Blanc à Petit Grain
Soil Composition: Clay-limestone