Beaumes de Venise Wine
We have been shipping the Leydier family's Muscat de Beaumes de Venise since 1978 so feel well-qualified to vouch for its performance over numerous vintages. Made from a blend of both Noir and Blanc strains of Muscat à Petit Grains that are fortified by the addition of grape alcohol during a process known as mutage, it is a robust and long-lived dessert wine that enjoys a loyal following in the restaurant trade. With a deep amber robe, a heady bouquet of white peaches and a rich palate of orange blossom and apricots it is traditionally served as a pre-prandial sharpener but also makes a versatile partner to fruit-based desserts. An opened bottle will keep well in the fridge for at least ten days so half-bottles are a precaution for the most wary of households.
In 2005, the still red wines of Beaumes de Venise were awarded full AOC status which incentivised the Leydiers to stop selling their wine in bulk to négociants and to start producing their own at the cellar door. They have not looked back and today it too enjoys an international following. Made from a blend of 70% Grenache Noir, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, their 'Vielles Vignes' bottling drinks well from release and can mature for at least a decade. With a deep-purple colour, briary hedgerow aromas and a palate of stewed autumnal berries, it makes a versatile partner to slow-baked stews and casseroles.
An even more recent addition to these pages is the toothsome, straw-hued Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 'Viognier'. With bags of varietal character, lychee scents and fresh peach and honeysuckle flavours, it drinks well from release and makes a fine partner to shellfish and poultry dishes.