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Mature red Beaumes de Venise


I am vacationing at the beach this week so this is quick post about a single, interesting wine.  The Beaumes de Venise appellation is famous for a sweet fortified wine. However, red wine is also produced which is not surprising given the proximity to Gigondas and Vacqueyras.  Very few selections of red Beaumes de Venise make it to the shelves in Washington, DC.  Even less are mature.  The 2005 Domaine de Cassan, St Christophe, Beaumes de Venise is drinking at the peak of maturity right now.  The nose and initial flavors are comforting for those experienced with aged Cotes du Rhone.  However, the wine is a bit more delicate in frame and never developed a lingering aftertaste.  At $9 per bottle, I cannot complain, and if there are any bottles left I recommend you try one.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2005 Domaine de Cassan, St Christophe, Beaumes de Venise – $9
Imported by the Country Vintner.  This wine is a blend of 58% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 7% Cinsault sourced from 30-40 year old vines.Alcohol 14%.  The subtle nose revealed mature aromas with red and blue fruit.  In the mouth the wine was clearly mature with pure, redder fruit flavors in the middle, watering acidity, and a drier finish.  The wine oscillates in character towards the finish, showing more black fruit, touches of heat, and a dry, textured tannin finish.  The slight disjoint at the end coupled with the roast flavor suggest this wine should be drunk up right away.  ** Now.

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