LVT 2016 r 2016 wh Stéphane’s last vintage as a member of the Cave de Beaumes-de-Venise was 2011; he started on the domaine in 1992, when his father worked 17 hectares, which included 2-3 ha of table grapes. Now it is 45 hectares, including 9 hectares of table grapes.
He is the sixteenth generation at Beaumes-de-Venise, the first to vinify their crop. His great-grandfather was President of the Olive Oil La Balméene Co-operative in 1925. He built a new cellar, cuverie in March 2012, when he issued his first wines.
The family makes solid quality Beaumes-de-Venise (5 ha, 4 ha Triassic soils), Vacqueyras (13 ha), Côtes du Rhône (4 ha), Ventoux (5 ha) reds. Also Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise (5 ha). The Vacqueyras Nos Générations red, half 1900s Grenache, half 1950s Syrah, was a genuine, stylish **** wine in 2015. The Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Plaisir rosé is worth a try, the (NV, 2016) was ****.
70% of the harvest is bottled, 150,000 bottles across the various appellations, the rest [vin de pays and a bit of Côtes du Rhône] sold as Bag in the Box. The couple show at 50 Salons a year. Four generations are active on the domaine, including grandmother CHARLOTTE, aged 92.
Stéphane & Stéphanie Meissonnier 167 route d’Aubignan 84190 Beaumes-de-Venise
Tel: +33(0)490 65 84 37