Dore de Bernadins 2014

Southern Rhône Valley - France

$23.00

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Grape Type Muscat Blanc
Vintage Year 2014
Wine Maker Domaine des Bernardins
Body Full
Sweetness Dry
Tannin None
Acidity Low
Ancient grape loved by Cleopatra
This is a wine made from one of the world’s most ancient grape varietals - the Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains. It’s a full-flavoured wine, packed with fascinating touches of spice and citrus, and as such, it’s a fascinating one to pair with food. We always think this type of Muscat goes beautifully with prosciutto and melon - there’s something about the sweet-and-salt of this classic appetiser that works fantastically with this type of wine. With that principle in mind, dry Muscats tend to work well with many Asian cuisines, particularly Thai and Filipino food.
Food Asian, Thai Cuisine, Filipino
Tastes Rich
Seasons Cooler Months
Moods Adventurous

This wine's story

There are some parts of the world where wine has been part of the cultural DNA for longer than most countries have existed. The village of Beaumes des Venise in southeastern France is a perfect example of a truly historic wine producing region. Here, wines were being made before even the Romans set foot in France, and over the centuries, viticulture has become the village’s defining industry and is the very essence of the way of life its people enjoy. In Beaumes des Venise, we find the winery of Domaine des Bernardins, a classic French family estate which keeps the traditions of this special part of the country alive.

Domaine des Bernardins has been in the Castaud family for five generations, and each successive generation has added and developed the winery, making it the widely respected and celebrated company that it is today. Tradition is important here: indeed, Louis Castaud (the grandfather of the current owners) was so concerned that the traditional reputation and time honoured practices of his beloved village was slipping in the mid 20th century, he spent 10 years tirelessly fighting singlehandedly for the appellation status Beaumes des Venise was granted in 1945. Louis’ grand-daughter and great-grand-daughter now stand at the helm of Domaine des Bernardins, continuing to produce the AOC Muscat de Beaumes des Venise wines their ancestor fought for, as well as plenty of other characterful examples of what this stunning part of France can do.

Food Pairing

This is a wine made from one of the world’s most ancient grape varietals - the Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains. It’s a full-flavoured wine, packed with fascinating touches of spice and citrus, and as such, it’s a fascinating one to pair with food. We always think this type of Muscat goes beautifully with prosciutto and melon - there’s something about the sweet-and-salt of this classic appetiser that works fantastically with this type of wine. With that principle in mind, dry Muscats tend to work well with many Asian cuisines, particularly Thai and Filipino food.

Sommelier Notes

Domaine des Bernardins is one of the oldest and most respected producers of muscat wines and actually helped create the sweet wine appellation of Muscat de Beaumes de Venise in the early 1940s.

This is their rarest wine, made from the local strain of Muscat, but made as a dry wine rather than sweet. Very bright and lifted, lots of exotic fruit, some orange peel, lychee and dried florals. Heady flavours of jasmine and honeycomb, mixed with honeysuckle and melon. On the palate it is elegant and fresh and pure. Intriguing.