Domaine de Coyeux Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2003
Other Dessert from Rhone, France
The powerful and expressive nose shows aromas of white flowers, peach and honey. On the palate the wine is round and sweet, but not cloying, with a lively acidity. The total effect is fresh and elegant with good length and lots of charm.
The grapes at Coyeux are planted in a 120 acre vineyard on the steep rocky slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail at an elevation of 260 m. The vineyard has the very thin topsoil characteristic of the region. The vines have an average age of 30 years, and there are two types of Muscat planted at Coyeux – grains blancs and grains noirs. The latter, being darker, have more aroma and flavor. In the words of the owner, the dark berries give body and the lighter ones give elegance.
Domaine de Coyeux Winery
In the southern Rhône, about 15 miles northeast of Avignon, lies the village of Beaumes-de-Venise, founded by the Romans. While this image of an ancient town may conjure up antiquity, the region is also home to a truly innovative winemaker, Yves Nativelle, owner of the 309-acre estate Domaine de Coyeux. Nativelle and his family left their comfortable life in Paris in 1976, to purchase the rugged property perched at the base of the dramatic Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. Nativelle carefully added plots to an existing 18-acre vineyard, and after extensive clearing and replanting, he produced his first Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise in 1982.
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About Other Rhône
Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
About France - Other regions
When it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.