Domaine de Beaumalric Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2013 375ML
Description from our friends at Wine Searcher:
"Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise wines are sweet Muscat-based wines from the village of Beaumes-de-Venise, in France's Rhone Valley. It is the home of the famous Muscat Beaumes-de-Venise sweet white wines, which have been made here since the 14th century. They were granted their own controlled appellation in 1945. The village's red wines are sold under the Beaumes-de-Venise appellation created for them in 2005.
Beaumes-de-Venise is just south of the Gigondas appellation and east of Vacqueyras. The three villages are separated by a 1650-ft (500-m) outcrop of limestone, part of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail foothills. It is on the slopes of this outcrop that some of the better Beaumes-de-Venise vineyards are found. Facing south and south-east, these benefit from excellent exposure to sunlight throughout the day, encouraging maximum phenolic ripeness in the Muscat grapes (Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains) from which the sweet wines are made. On the lower-lying land below, the soils are alluvial and the vineyards produce less-intense, more-delicate styles of wine, unaffected by the intense sunlight of the slopes. The best sites are in areas with limestone soils, with a high proportion of stones to help drainage."