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Muscat de Beaumes de Venise wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is the special appellation that was created for the famous sweet wines that are produced around the pleasant village that lies just north of Carpentras and a few kilometres to the west of Caromb.
The appellation covers only two communes, namely Aubignan and Beaumes de Venise. The only grape variety permitted for wines of this appellation is Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains also known as Muscat de Frontignan.
Wines of this appellation are sweet, luscious and highly appealing. They exhibit a honeyed nose with aromas of tropical fruits and citrus. Fermentation is stopped when the alcohol reaches 15% thus leaving residual sugar in the wine (in fact, alcohol is added to kill the yeasts). The wines are therefore sweet but not as sweet as, say, their cousins from Sauterne on the other side of the country. They can be paired with savoury dishes such as foie gras, poured into half a melon and eaten as an entrée or with desserts.
Look for the sweet wines from Domaine de Durban.
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