Country: France Region: Cotes du Rhone
Varietal: Muscat White
Vintage: 2014 Colour: White Style: Sweet
Producer: Jerome Bouletin
After searching for a viticultural partner who shares our own winemaking beliefs, we have joined forces with ‘vin doux naturel’ producer Jérôme Bouletin. His winery is situated on the east side of the village of Beaumes de Venise and has 20 parcels of vines of at least 20 years old. They are grown on two kinds of terroir: the sandy soils of the St-Véran commune and limestone soils of Beaumes de Venise itself. With full southerly exposition, the vines receive maximum benefit from the ripening sunshine while being protected from the Mistral by the rocky mountain chain of the Dentelles de Montmirail. These various terroirs produce muscat wines that are powerful, aromatic and well-balanced.
Sustainable viticulture. Hand harvested when the fruit reaches full maturity. Berry selection in the vineyard before quick transport to the winery. Traditional vinification methods including pressing and juice settling for 24 to 48 hours before the clear juice is racked and fermentation begins in stainless steel, temperature regulated vats (14-16°C). Once sugar level is sufficient, “mutage”, the step of adding pure alcohol to create a ‘vin doux naturel’, stops the fermentation while retaining the natural sweetness of the grapes. The wine is then filtered and finally bottled in March of the year following the harvest.
Serve as an aperitif or with foie gras, curry chicken or other spicy dishes. For dessert, alongside tarte tatin (apple pie), candied fruits or vanilla millefeuille.