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Beaumes-de-Venise is practically synonymous with dessert wines, but it is also a source of top-notch reds. It is no wonder; its location in the southern Rhône Valley has positioned it to be a red wine powerhouse. With neighbors like Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, how could it not be?
Indeed, Beaumes-de-Venise's Mediterranean climate, southeast-facing hillside vineyards, and clay and limestone-rich soil enable it to bring forth the rich, layered red wines that are on par with those from its more well-known neighbors.
Domaine Saint Amant is the highest domain in the Rhône Valley and is located in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, a series of almost vertical, jagged, limestone rocks that dominate the skyline. The domaine is composed of twenty different plots of land scattered on the eastern and southern flank of Mount Saint Amant.
The Jacques Wallut family are the proprietors of Domaine Saint Amant, and they farm their land and craft their wines with reverence for the earth. Eschewing the use of herbicides and pesticides, they take a non-interventionist approach to winemaking. Their cuvées are pure expressions of varietals and terroir.
The 2016 "Grangeneuve" is a blend of 50% grenache from 90-year-old vines, 30% syrah, 10% carignan, and 10% viognier all sourced from 50-year-old vines. Fermented with wild yeasts and aged for 12 months in 20-year-old french wooden tanks, it is medium-to-full-bodied and abounds with red, black, and blue fruit characters laced with notes of forest floor, herbs, and baking spice as well as a thread of bright acidity that keeps it lively and fresh.
Check out the press!
90 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"The 2016 Grangeneuve shares the same intensely juicy, primary flavors of black cherry and blueberry preserves as the 2015, but it also has an earthen, herbal complexity that's intriguing. It's plush and rounded with fine, integrated tannins." (12/31/18)
90 points, Gilbert & Gaillard Wine Guide:
"Dark color tinged with ruby. Suggestions of wild plants, licorice, animal smokiness, and stone fruits on the nose. The oak is more upfront on the palate yet does not obscure the wine’s Mediterranean characters. Powerfulness enhances aroma.” (2019)