Tuesday, October 4, 2011
2009 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
2009 Domaine des Bernardins Vin Doux Naturel | AC Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
Fish with sweet wine works right? Of course it does. I can't be the only one who thinks sweet wines can be brilliant with dinner. But not just any sweet wine. Only wines with backbone, with acid and minerality and balance belong on the table. This one comes from the southern Rhône Valley and despite its name, is a fortified wine. It has an ancient history, with muscat being the single varietal grown here for centuries. Is there a reason that the wines are less well-known? If they've been doing it for so long, there must be something special going on. A half bottle, chilled, showing a beautiful pinkish copper colour.
Rich aromas of lychee, concentrated fruit, honey. But the palate is what brings the wine to life. Fruit, yes, but what elegance and balance - minerality and acidity give the wine purity and finesse. A very nice surprise indeed. And with savoury fish . . . delicious.