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The small old town of Beaumes de Venise, with a population of barely 2500, is located right on the southern edge of the Dentelles de Montmirail, east of Vacqueyras. It is home to two completely different wines. The much more famous is the Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, which was praised by Pliny the Elder almost 2000 years ago
Thomas O'Brien

It was so popular with the clergy during the Avignon papacy at the end of the 13th century that its production had to be specially increased. It is a fortified sweet wine (vin doux naturel) that retains its natural grape sweetness by stopping fermentation with the addition of brandy. Although the wine must have at least 15% alcohol, the best Muscat de Beaumes de Venise are by no means plump or heavy; on the contrary, they can turn out surprisingly fine-flavoured, fresh and juicy. Most of them therefore taste best when young; only a few benefit from prolonged ageing and develop flavours of dried fruit, candied orange and honey over the years.

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