Beaumes de Venise Rouge, Domaine des Bernardins 2022


75cl ALC 14%

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France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône

Still Red

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre


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Domaine des Bernardins

Domaine des Bernardins is an historic property that was once owned by Bernardins (Cistercians) monks before winemaking started here in the early 19th Century. Owned by the Castaud-Maurin family, it has been a family estate for six generations.

The youngest active member Romain (Romain’s first baby was born in the summer of 2019) makes the wines whilst his father Andrew Hall and mother Elisabeth Castaud-Maurin manage the cellar and vineyards. Having studied Oenology, a placement at a large co-op in Montpellier taught Romain much about winemaking and about how he would, and wouldn’t, like to do things on the family estate. They have 25 ha of vines of which 90% is Beaumes de Venise or Muscat Beaumes de Venise. 70% of plantings are white but, due to the demand, recent years have seen an increased proportion of red vines planted. No herbicides are used and techniques are as manual and natural as they can be, making their own organic compost. Natural grass cover, bud and leaf removal all help preserve the natural biodiversity of the vineyards. Hand harvesting, temperature control and 24 hour a day monitoring of the vats during vinification ensure perfect balance in the wines. The winery, built 7 years ago, enables all work to be done via gravity ensuring delicate handling of the grapes. Old Muscat à Petis Grains vines produce superbly elegant wines with lots of character, whilst the red Beaumes de Venise is becoming increasingly sought after with a string of positive press mentions.

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Vintage guide

The 2022 vintage looks to be excellent for the North and South of the region which both excelled in the hot conditions this year. The 2021 vintage has seen some good results particularly in the North where attractive, aromatic, elegant wines have been made. The wines from the 2020 vintage look to be a little fresher and more approachable in their youth than those of 2019 which is a high-quality vintage with yields on a par with 2018. Another good result along the valley in 2018, though the South had more disease problems to contend with, as mildew affected the thinner-skinned Grenache more than other varieties. Quality was high but the yields were down. An early harvest produced some intense wines in 2017 for both the North and the South of the region, though uneven flowering in both reduced yields considerably. 2016 in both Northern and Southern Rhône has produced excellent results, and the South has it by a whisker this year, the opposite of 2015. 2015 is terrific, particularly for the North’s Syrah, no problems and decent yields too. An ideal growing season, that was even hotter than 2003 in the daytime but with cooler nights and just enough rainfall to prevent problems in the vineyards. Both whites and reds are excellent. 2014 is not an easy vintage to generalise about but whites are super, reds are very pure with lovely aromatics, and, in the South, as in 2013, Syrah and Mourvèdre have done better than Grenache. In common with most of Europe, 2013 started late but a dry second half of the season resulted in some excellent wines particularly Syrah from the North.

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Usually delivered the next working day (on orders placed before 1pm on a working day).

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