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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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Drinking Burlotto and Redortier in Seattle

January 20, 2015 Leave a comment

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My most recent trip to Seattle was very short.  This posed a problem as to which wines to buy while there.  As I was traveling light I did not intend to fly back with any wine.  The solution was to play into the love of Michael Teer, proprietor of Pike and Western Wine Shop, for an Italian recommendation and something else.  The Italian recommendation came in the form of the 2013 Comm. G. B. Burlotto, Verduno Pelaverga.  Pelaverga is an ancient variety that the family has cultivated since 1800.  The wine itself offered persistent flavors leaning towards the cranberry and strawberry spectrum.  It is a good way to start an evening.  There were several candidates for the something else selection but I had to pick the 2007 Chateau Redortier, Beaumes-de-Venise.  I do not come across many red wines from Beaumes-de-Venise, according to my notes just two wines in almost three years, let alone a bottle with age.  This bottle proved perfectly mature with earthy notes still balanced by fruit and structure that spoke of mid-age strength.  If you enjoy the comfort of traditional Rhone wines then buy this wine by the case.  These wines were purchased at Pikes and Western Wine Shop.

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2013 Comm. G. B. Burlotto, Verduno Pelaverga – $19
This wine is 100% Pelaverga sourced from 4 to 20 year old vines located on soils of calcareous silt.  The fruit was fermented in French oak barrels followed by aging in both stainless steel and oak barrel.  Alcohol 14%.  The color was a light cranberry red.  The wine offered gently ripe cranberry and strawberry flavors before some black fruit mixed in.  This mouthfilling wine had a slightly tart hint, juicy acidity, and moderate ripe tannins in the aftertaste.  The wine showed good persistence of flavor.  You could work out a grapey structure which suggested capability for short-term aging.  **(*) Now – 2018.

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2007 Chateau Redortier, Beaumes-de-Venise – $25
Imported by APS Wines and Spirits.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 5% Counoise from 55 year old vines located around 1600 feet in elevation.  It was fermented in cement tanks using indigenous yeasts then aged in oak foudres.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose was mature with slightly earthy notes that poke through aromas of red fruit.  In the mouth was a core of cherry and red fruit surrounded by earth and mushroom flavors.  The wine turns juicy with good acidity and tannins that still coat the inside of the gums at the finish.  With just a brief period of air this wine reveals it is at perfect maturity.  A true pleasure to taste.  **** Now-2018.

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The 2012 Domaine de Durban, Beaumes de Venise

It is a pleasure to see the Domaine de Durban red Beaumes de Venise join the selection of Domaine la Ligiere at MacArthur Beverages. This particular bottle drank well right away but ultimately needed a few hours of air for full expression.  The result was a flavorful wine that offered a nice mix of berry flavors, minerals, and spices.  It is the sort of wine that once you pull the cork you will follows its progress to the very end of the bottle.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine de Durban, Beaume de Venise – $18
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre sourced from 47 year old vines on soils of clay-limestone and trias.  The fruit was destemmed, fermented in stainless steel using traditional and carbonic methods, then aged in oak barriques.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was a mixture of lighter, grapey aromas and berries.  The mouth followed the nose with fresh and flavorful berries that had a brighter, juicy start before ripeness came out in the middle.  The enjoyable ripe flavors become perfumed with black minerals, a little juicy nature, and ripe black fruit in the finish.  The wine left Christmas spiced tannins in the mouth.  *** Now-2018.

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