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  Balma Venitia Muscat de Beaumes-de- Venise  
Color: White
Texture: Sweet
Type: Muscat
Region: France
Mevushal/Non-Mevushal: Mevushal
Alcohol Content: 15%
Still or Sparkling: Still Wines

Beaumes-de-Venise is a village in the Rhone valley,...
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Beaumes-de-Venise is a village in the Rhone valley, just east of the town of Orange. It is the home of the famous Muscat Beaumes-de-Venise sweet white wines, which have been made here since the 14th century, and were granted their own controlled appellation in 1945.

Beaumes-de-Venise is located just to the south of the Gigondas appellation and due east of Vacqueyras - the three are separated from one another by a 1650ft (500m) outcrop of limestone, of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail foothills. It is on the slopes of this outcrop that some of the better Beaumes-de-Venise vineyard sites are found. Facing south and south-east, these benefit from excellent exposure to sunlight throughout the day, encouraging maximum phenolic ripeness in the Muscat a Petit Grains grapes from which the sweet wines are made. On the lower-lying land below the soils are of alluvial type, and the vineyards there produce less intense, more delicate styles of wine, unaffected by the intense sunlight of the slopes. The best sites are located in areas with limestone soils, with a high proportion of stones to aid soil drainage.

The wines made under the AOC Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise appellation are created through the traditional process of arrested fermentation, to produce what is known in French as a Vin Doux Naturel (naturally sweet wine). This technique is based around the addition of grape spirit (at a minimum of 96 degrees proof) to the semi-fermented grape must, killing the yeasts and thus stopping the fermentation. This results in a high level of residual sugar, and a higher level of alcohol (about 15%). The finished wines are pale gold in color when young, with delicate vegetal notes and hints of tropical fruits. They turn a rich golden hue with age, and acquire more prominent flavors of honey, dried apricot and raisins. These wines were extremely popular in late twentieth century Europe, and rivaled the more expensive sweet wines of Bordeaux.

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