2012 Amadieu Muscat De Beaumes De Venise
Name: Domaine Amadieu AOC Muscat de Beaume de Venise Muscat White
Area: beaumes-de-venise, france (see Map)
Food pairing : Appreciate as an aperitif, foie gras and its fig compote or desserts with fruits will also match with this fresh and very aromatic Muscat wine.
Tasting note : A shiny gold colour, lot of roundness on the palate combine with a perfectly balanced ending composed by scents of Muscat, litchis, mango, pear and citrus fruits. The persistency in mouth is really fresh.
Terroir : The landscape in this area is due to grey limestones and to red marls. Sand is also part of the soil dating from the Jurassic period. Beaumes de Venise enjoys a micro climate with an extreme sweetness, sheltered of the freezy wind called "Mistral".
Age of the vines : 80 years
Yields : Very Low
Grape varieties : 100% Muscat à petits grains (small grape berries)
Vinification : Harvest begins when grapes are turning brown while keeping a delicate freshness. Grapes selected by hand are vinified on the domain at low temperature for a better aromatic expression of this wonderful Muscat.
Winemaker : Pierre Amadieu
Owner : Amadieu Family
Type of ageing : In stainless steel vats.
Awards/Comments : A pleasant balance with a sweet freshness!
- The Amadieu family settled in Gigondas in 1929. Pierre Amadieu, grandfather of the current winemaker, whose name is also Pierre, started the business with a small estate in Gigondas.
In 1954, he had the opportunity to buy 280 acres that was not planted with vines. He gradually turned it into a vineyard, starting at the top of the hill at a place called Domaine Grand Romane.
Later he also planted vines halfway down the hill at a place named Domaine La Machotte. With these two domains, Pierre Amadieu is now known as a leading AOC Gigondas producer both in quality and quantity.
Making Muscat is an old tradition in Beaumes de Venise. Its fame spreads thanks to the Pope of Avignon, around the year 1300.
Two villages are allowed to produce Muscat, Beaumes de Venise and Aubignan. The surface is around 350 hectares for a production of 10 000 hectoliters.