2017 Domaine des Bernardins Beaumes de Venise Rouge

SKU #1405692 94 points Decanter

 Aged for 10-12 months in stainless steel, this has intense juniper and rosemary notes on the very rounded and savoury palate. The tannins are robust but ripe and will need time to settle, and the acidity is fierce. It's very powerful but balanced overall, retaining freshness. An impressive wine with tremendous focus and seething energy. Another excellent vintage for one of the best value wines in the southern Rhône. (MW)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Domaine des Bernardins is a sixth generation family owned estate in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Situated on the east, south east slopes, the region has become famous for Muscat but the reds are on the rise. The vineyard holdings are comprised of 15 hectares of muscat and 7 hectares of red grape varieties for red production. All treatments in the vineyards are handled organically and sustainably. The Rouge is composed of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache Blanc, all raised in steel tanks and large oak foudre.

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By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2019 | Send Email
This is absolutely delicious, lifted and very aromatic, exuding notes of candied violets and orange zest. I love the texture--a medium body with a dry finish. If Gamay and Muscat were to have a baby this would be it. This is going to be in heavy rotation for me this summer.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2019 | Send Email
This is the must try wine of the month. I simply love the red wines from Beaumes des Venise. Though more commonly associated with the famous muscat based desert wines, the reds here offer a very distinctive and unique style that I'm partial to. There’s great terroir here and the situation of the vineyards makes for idyllic Grenache production. There’s a bevy of lightly roasted herbs with red cherry scented fruit on the nose. The aromatics preview just how pretty and bright this wine is. While I often consider Southern Rhone wines as fall and winter drinking, this is decidedly a spring sipper. There is tremendous lift and freshness on the palate giving it a refreshing finish that begs for another sip. For $20 you’re getting an amazing amount of wine. Load up.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2019 | Send Email
Beaumes des Venise is situated on the east and south-east side of the Dentelles de Montmirail. These picturesque mountains make up the spine that splits this part of the Rhone Valley. On the west is the more famous appellation of Gigondas but on this other slope, Beaumes des Venise is starting to finally get the respect it deserves. The region was and is famous for its sweet-styled Vin Doux Naturel Muscats but there is so much potential in the Grenache based wines here. The decomposing limestone and sands make a great terroir and the warmth these wines enjoy adds to their exuberant feel. Bernardins is still more heavily planted muscat but this floral and fleshy red is sumptuous and fulfilling. The wine opens with aromatics of lavender, peppery spices and concentrated purple fruits. It is almost exotic with a note of orange peel drifting in the background. This is pretty and harmonious with velvety tannins that will help you discover or maybe rethink what this region is all about.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2019 | Send Email
Grenache : 65 % Syrah : 25 % Grenache blanc : 5 % Mourvèdre : 5 % It's easy to lump a lot of Cotes du Rhone wines together as they usually share similar characteristics, however the Beaumes de Venise from Domaine des Bernardins is a bit different in that the intensity of florals and fresh acidity make it a wine that does not go boring. The domaine is picturesque with vineyards of poor, sandy limestone soils sitting at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail (look it up, they're beautiful), an intense rocky mountain landscape surrounded by vineyards and garrigue (a mixture of aromatic herbs). This wine spends 15 days in concrete vats and sees no wood ageing allowing the wine to fully express it's terroir and identity of the grapes. I find in the glass this wine to be packed with searing acidity and strong peppery fruit, crunchy cherries and blackberries, amazing florals, violettes, Thyme and Rosemary. For $20, this wine is as serious as it gets.

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 15