Grape Variety: 100% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains
Growing Region: Côtes du Rhône, France
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Caroline Frey

This Paul Jaboulet dessert wine is made in the unique method called 'Vin Doux Naturel' - which translates as 'naturally sweet'. But this is only part of the story, as we are talking about a wine made using 'mutage', the addition of grape spirit to the must, and added before fermentation is complete. This action kills the yeast, and the unfermented sugar creates a sweet wine, which is really a blend of wine, unfermented grape juice and added grape spirit.

 

This particular sweet wine named ‘Le Chant des Griolles’ - (the song of Griolles) - like most is crafted from 'Muscat à Petits Grains'. Beaumes de Venise is part of the Southern Rhone Valley wine region and this style of wine has been made here for nearly 2000 years. While the Papal Court was in residence in Avignon some 700 years ago, the wine was so popular that production had to be increased to meet demand. The wine area was given appellation contrôlée status in 1945.
The grapes are harvested by successive passes in the vineyard and when pressed they have a minimum natural sugar content of 252g/l, with the other bunches considerably higher. The sweet juice goes through a cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks while resting on its fine lees until it reaches 11% alcohol and then is stopped by the addition of neutral alcohol 'mutage' to reach the perfect balance between sweetness, richness and elegance. This 2011 Muscat Beaumes-de-Venice finished at 15% alcohol with 120g/l of residual sugar and with balanced natural acidity.
In the glass the wine is a sharp golden colour with an attractive brightness. The wine has aromas of lychee, orange, apricot marmalade and mango liqueur notes burst on the nose. The palate is rich with honey and candied fruits, with a dense viscous nature though enhanced and perfectly balanced with a beautiful lifted freshness. The wine has an outstanding length and the finish has a pleasing citrus freshness. A wine with great flavour and personality. Chill and serve at 9-11°C.

One of the world’s most enjoyed sweet wines.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season, and will age gracefully for another 4-5 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with apple and pear pastries, fresh fruit & cream desserts and exotic flavoured sorbets, enjoy