Cru Beaumes de Venise

The History of the Beaumes de Venise Vineyard

Around the village and up to the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail, we find “Les Balmes”, natural caves dug into the saffre. These geological formations coupled with the belonging of the territory by the Comtat Venaissin, gave its name to the village of Beaumes de Venise.

In 1957, the area of Beaumes de Venise became part of the Côtes du Rhône production zone for its red wines. In view of the quality and the growing reputation of these wines, the INAO recognized the vineyard as “Côtes du Rhône Villages Beaumes-de-Venise”. On June 9, 2005, the red Beaumes-de-Venise was awarded the prestigious rank of “Cru des Côtes du Rhône”.

The Terroir…

The Beaumes-de-Venise Cru is born in the heart of the Massif des Dentelles on a plural terroir. The first one is composed by the red soils of the Triassic period whose origins go back to 200 to 230 million years ago. The second is composed of the Terres Blanches de Bel Air from the Cretaceous period formed between 100 and 140 million years ago. As for the last, it is located north of the Village of Lafare, mainly composed of Oxfordian black marls of the Upper Jurassic, dating from 140 to 150 million years ago.

The vines are mainly grown in cordon de royat and gobelet on the beautiful Grenache plots. The yield is low, between 30 and 40hl per hectare.

The Aromas of Beaumes of Venice…

With only one color in its appellation, the wines of Beaumes de Venise must respect a minimum of 50% Grenache Noir, at least 25% (up to 50%) Syrah and Mourvèdre. This blend gives aromatic wines, with beautiful notes of garrigue and spices. Complex and powerful, they lend themselves very well to ageing.

Like the prestigious northern appellation Cotes Rôtie, the Cru Beaumes de Venise is authorized to use up to 10% of white grape varieties in the blending of its wines. This brings lightness, more floral aromas and singularity to the wines.