Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Primeur Beaumes de Venise - the new wine of 2014

 Primeur 2014
Last night we were among the first to taste this year's "Primeur" - the new wine of the prestigious Beaumes de Venise wine cooperative. Beaumes de Venise is famous for its fortified sweet Muscat wine that often accompanies foie gras dishes. Although grown for more than 2000 years in and around Beaumes, Muscat only celebrated its 70 birthday as an AOC (controlled designation of origin) wine last year.
But Beaumes de Venise also produces wonderful red wines which became "cru" - the highest order of wines in the Rhone Valley in 2005.
Now you cannot just go and have a taste of a new AOC wine whenever you feel like it. There are strict rules and regulations to obey: the Primeurs, the new AOC wines, are only allowed to be sold after the third Thursday in November, which means this year from Thursday, November 20th after 12 am. So we were lucky to have a taste but also couldn't buy any. Too bad, because the red and the rosé are very nice even drunk this young and the vintners are more than  happy with their new vintage. Which means we better go back this Friday and stock up, not forgetting a bottle of Muscat or two!

But savour we could: the beautiful halls of the Beaumes de Venise Cave

and a scrumptious buffet the wine growers treated us to

 Great wine, delicious food

 The famous Muscat
Professional tasters: the owners of the Vaison restaurant "L'Epicurien"


  1. While I don't know much about wine this sounds like so much fun. Love the presentation of the amuse-bouche.

  2. Thank you, Madonna - I thought so too and will shamelessly copy this fun idea for my next party!

  3. How fun to be part of such a special night!

  4. What a beautiful wine cellar and what a wonderful spread with all those lovely verrines filled with delicious looking food - so eine schöne Gelegenheit, den "neuen Wein" zu probieren!
    Ganz liebe Grüsse aus Bonn,

  5. Looks like a fun event and I love the way the table is set up with nibbles.