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Domaine des Bernardins

Like many of this region’s villages, Beaumes-de-Venise has been producing wine since the Roman times but is unique for the production of sweet fortified wine or ‘vin doux naturel’. Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) wrote: “Muscat has been grown for a long time in Balme and makes wonderful wine.

Since then the story of Muscat de Beaumes continued to be told: the home of Muscat was supplier to Pope Clement V in Avignon and then the entire kingdom’s nobility, including Henry IV who had a taste for Muscat.

Domaine des Bernardins is a family estate for five generations

since the 19th Century.

The property was previously owned by the Bernardin monks before Louis Castaud, the founder of AOC Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise turned it into a wine estate. He was the first one to show real concern about how the village’s traditional production had almost disappeared and achieved appellation status for Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise in 1945.  Today his granddaughter Elisabeth, her husband Andrew Hall and their son Romain continue the family history combining know-how and traditional values.

The wines

  • Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

    Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

    Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

    Chilled as an aperitif, the Muscat is a versatile companion to many dishes. Most expressive with foie gras and roquefort cheese, it retains all its character served with a fruit salad or a darck chocolate cake.

    The Muscat de Beaumes de Venise requires great care. After picking the grapes by hand, the must is pressed straightaway to ferment the juice without skins. No yeasts are added to the alcoholic fermentation, and kept under temperature control. Vin Doux Naturel winemaking involves stopping fermentation to preserve the grapes natural sweetness. During vinification, we watch the vats day and night and add the fortifying spirit just at the right moment. At this stage, the wine’s final balance is at stake. The wine is then aged in stainless steel tanks for 6 months before bottling.

    Varietals

    White Muscat 75%, Black Muscat 25%

    Soils

    Tender limestone and gritty zones of

    sandy mollasse.

    Robe

    Bright amber

    Nose

    Complex and intense. With aromas of apricot, bush peach and dried fruit.

    Palate

    Fruity, well balanced, neat and sweet with a dry finish

    Serve

    Chilled T°8°C

    Potential aging

    This Muscat ages beautifully and becomes mellow, well rounded, with a copper pink robe. Its bouquet is refined with hints of Mint tea and perfect balance in the mouth.

    Yields

    30 hl/ha – 18 ha

    Alcohol

    15°

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  • Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

    Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

    Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise "Hommage"

    Chilled as an aperitif, the Muscat is a versatile companion to many dishes. Most expressive with foie gras and roquefort cheese, it retains all its character served with a fruit salad or a dark chocolate cake.

    After picking the muscat grapes by hand, the must is pressed straightaway to ferment the juice without skins. No yeasts are added to the alcoholic fermentation, and kept under temperature control. Sweet fortified Vin Doux Naturel winemaking involves stopping the fermentation to preserve the grapes’ natural sweetness.

    During vinification, we watch the vats day and night and add the fortifying spirit just at the right moment. This cuvée is in Hommage to our great grand father Louis Castaud with traditional vinification and long aging as in the 1930's.

    Varietals

    White Muscat 75%, Black Muscat 25%

    Soils

    Tender limestone and gritty zones of

    sandy mollasse.

    Robe

    Golden hue with light orange reflections

    Nose

    Endearing nose of grape, orange peel, and an accent of honey

    Palate

    Mild at point of entry, splendid aromatic intensity, sultanas, candied orange, rose petal and refined spice.

    Serve

    Chilled T°12°C

    Potential aging

    Ready to drink immediately, it will also keep almost indefinitely!!

    Yields

     30 hl/ha – 18 ha

    Alcohol

    15°

     
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  • Beaumes-de-Venise Red

    Beaumes-de-Venise

    Beaumes-de-Venise Red

    This elegant red wines is excellent with red meats, game meat or even a truffle omelette. 

    This is a terroir driven wine and planted with the two classic Côtes du Rhône varieties: Grenache and Syrah. We don’t follow any winemaking recipe but are constantly searching for the perfect expression of terroir and each vintage’s particular characteristics.

    We don’t go for overripe grapes and over-extraction, as we think the wine has to stay refreshing and balanced. Leaving the wine for 15 days in concrete vats, we try to gently extract the tannins and anthocyanins essential for the wine’s structure and colour. The wine doesn’t come into any contact with wood during aging. This way the characteristics of our terroir can fully express themselves.

    Varietals

    Grenache 75%, Syrah 25%

    Soils

    Tender limestone and gritty zones of sandy mollasse.

    Robe

    Bright ruby color with cherry tinges.

    Nose

    Complex, delicately spicy with red and black fruit aromas.

    Palate

    Fruity with a rounded palate and good length.

    Serve

    16-17°C

    Potential aging

    Pleasant wine to drink young but good aging potential of 10 years, offering different taste sensations throughout its long life.

    Yields

    38 hl/ha – 3 ha

    Alcohol

    13,5°

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  • Dry Muscat

    Vin de Pays du Vaucluse

    Dry Muscat "Doré des Bernardins"

    "An absolutely stunning dry Muscat. A hundred percent dry Muscat, elegant, fresh, medium-bodied flavors that are authoritative yet extremely pure and intriguing.”

    Delightfully lively and fresh, it goes especially well with asparagus and shell-fish.

    Doré des Bernardins is a dry white wine that we only produce in years when the Muscat à petit grains crop is large enough. We pick the grapes at the same ripeness level as for the Vin Doux Naturel.

    In contrast to Muscat de Beaumes, the fermentation isn’t stopped, giving a fruity dry wine with intense Muscat aromas.

    Varietal

    Muscat of petit grains 100%

    Soils

    Tender limestone and gritty zones of sandy mollasse.

    Robe

    Light yellow with green reflections

    Nose

    Delicately fruity with fresh Muscat aromas

    Palate

    Fruity dry wine with intense Muscat flavors

    Serve

    Chilled T°8°C

    Potential aging

    Best drunk within 2 years

    Yields

    Only 10 hl/ha (produced only on the great years)

    Alcohol

    13,5°

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  • It is a very easy drinking wine, with velvety fruity aromas. A supple wine ideal for drinking throughout a meal.

    This terroir driven wine is dominated by the classic southern Rhône grape Grenache with a touch of Syrah. We don’t follow any winemaking recipe but are constantly searching for the perfect expression of terroir with each vintage’s particular characteristics. We don’t go for overripe grapes and over-extraction, as we think the wine has to stay refreshing and balanced. Leaving the wine for 15 days in concrete vats, we try to gently extract the tannins and anthocyanins essential for the wine’s structure and colour. The wine doesn’t come into any contact with wood during aging.

    This way the characteristics of our terroir can fully express themselves.

    Varietals

    Grenache 90%, Syrah 10%

    Soils

    Tender limestone and gritty zones of

    sandy mollasse.

    Robe

    Bright ruby color with cherry tinges.

    Nose

    Complex, delicately spicy with red and black fruit aromas.

    Palate

    Very rich in cherry flavors, a rounded palate with good length

    Serve

    17-18°C

    Potential aging

    Best drunk within 6 years

    Yields

    45hl/ha - 2 hectares produced

    Alcohol

    13,5°

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