This is sweet Muscat-based wines from the village of Beaumes-de-Venise, just south of Gigondas in France’s Rhone valley. Produced entirely from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains grapes, which is the oldest variety in the Muscat family and thus is in good standing as one of the oldest grape varieties in the world.
A delicate, pale yellow in colour this is elegant and intense wine, with a vibrant nose of flowers and fruit, which persists in the palate. Slightly viscous and sweet this wine would be ideal served with sorbets, blue cheeses and fruit tarts. A lovely bottle and a snip when compared to other Muscats of this style. £14.99 // 15% ABV // 750ml.
Cristia are a great Chateauneuf du Pape producer, and have produced this younger Grenache Syrah blend that is a lovely introduction to their range. The 2011 is priced at £6.99 and is available from both our Carrington’s stores. It really is a lot of wine for the money!
In the glass the colour is quite a light red, and the wine’s legs are considerably obvious. You certainly don’t get the impression you’re about to be treated to a 13.5% delight.
The presents a light pepperyness and young blackberries. The palate maintains the light peppery flavour but it is joined by hints of plum and raspberry and is light to medium-bodied. All in all this is a great value wine, and can be drunk on its own as well as with a meal. A delicious all-rounder.