2014 Cru Beaumes de Venise, Domaine Bonnefoy
Red • Rhône Valley • Beaume de Venise AOC • France • 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah • Medaille d'Or Concours des vins Orange 2015
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2014 Cru Beaumes de Venise, Domaine Caroline Bonnefoy, Côtes-du-Rhône, France, Beaume de Venise
The Domaine Caroline Bonnefoy is spanning nearly 50 ha of which the majority is in the municipality of Valréas and in organic farming.
In 1999, after studying oenology, Caroline Bonnefoy decided to embrace the job of winemaker. To do this, she settled in Valréas on vineyards owned by her family for over a century.
The soil of this vineyard of 2.6 hectares is clay & schist, situated on the upper hillsides with a north slope and north-west orientation. The plots located on the terrace are swept throughout the year by the Mistral wind which allows to limit interventions, so very few treatments in the vineyard.
The yields are very low with 35 hectoliters per hectare. The total average production is 60 hectoliters.
The grapes are harvested at full maturity, making sure to appreciate the phenolic maturity, not just the sugar / acid ratio.
Harvested by hand in small containers, the grapes are sorted in the vineyard and then de-stemmed. The two varieties (Syrah and Grenache) are assembled before vinification. The fermentation of the latter takes place for five weeks.