Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge 2009 (Southern Rhone, France)

Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge 2009
(Southern Rhone, France)

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Domaine des Bernardins is a sixth generation family owned estate on the edge of the tiny village of Beaumes de Venise. The owners are Elizabeth Hall (the granddaughter of Louis Castaud) and her husband Andrew Hall. The area has been populated since the time of the cave dwelling peoples (the name "Beaumes" means caves) who came from the town of Venise which existed near Carpentras. The first Beaumes de Venises granted A.O.C. status was in 1945 with the 1943 vintage.

Made from 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. Fermented in Foudre (large barrels).

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby color with cherry tinges. Complex black fruit aromas on the nose enhanced by spicy notes. Rounded palate with good length.

Serve with a meal especially red meat, game and cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

Wine Spectator Magazine (2008 vintage):
"Dark cherry and rhubarb fruit notes are laced with a streak of grilled herb. Lightly tangy finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases made." –JM (2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2007 vintage):

"Also impressive, the 2007 Beaumes de Venise red exhibits elegance, good depth, and sweet black raspberry, pepper, earth, and spice characteristics. Its freshness and laser-like clarity are impressive. Drink it over the next several years." - Robert Parker (June 2009)