Login | Subscribe


LVT  2016 Muscat 2016 r  Since December 2013 there are new owners, two brothers who dealt in fruit and vegetables from the nearby village of Aubignan, and also had a recycling of chemicals business in Lille. The brothers knew the area from coming up here for la chasse. The tired vineyard is being re-organised. There are 65 hectares of vines and 47 hectares of woods and scrubland. The potential is for a total of 84 hectares of vineyards. The offending painted beam that caused the cellar bacteria for so many years after being painted with xylophène (a woodworm and pesticide fluid) was sorted out after three months of treatments and cellar cleansing. Six hectares of Muscat were converted into Grenache, while Marsanne, Roussanne and Mourvèdre are being planted. The altitude in this beautiful quiet location runs from 280 to 400 metres. There is more heat at sunrise here than at Suzette, while the afternoons are fresher. There is also less wind that on the plain. Wild yeasts and some whole bunch fermentation on the old vine fruit are now also on the cellar agenda.

The Gigondas is stylish [the 2016 a ****(*) wine], as is the Beaumes-de-Venise Les Banquettes from old vine Grenache. The two Muscats are clear and attractive. A revival is very much happening now. The oenologue is Xavier Vignon [pictured, centre], with Jean de Feraudy and Olivier Pellaton, who joined in November 2017, having spent 11 years at the top domaine in Grignan, Domaine de Grangeneuve.

Hugues & Jean de Feraudy, Olivier Pellaton 167 chemin du Rocher 84190 Beaumes-de-Venise

Tel: +33(0)490 12 42 42



Countries exported to:1) GB 2) Belgium

British Importers: Hallgarten Druitt, Majestic

USA Importers: Steep Hill Importing LLC 17 Cook Avenue 07490 Madison NJ +1347 683 6394 info@steephillwine.us