This Cru wine is golden in colour, with a nose of flowers and tropical fruits, and has a long finish. Though typically drunk young, the wines often acquire wonderful toffee aromas and flavours with age which match well with cheeses and deserts, or as a digestive on its own.
The Dentelles de Montmirail hills protect the terrace vineyards of Domaine de la Chapelle Oubliée from the mistral winds. Facing East-South-East, they receive optimum exposure to the sun and guarantee uniform maturity.
The grapes are harvested by hand in 30kg crates, selected manually on sorting tables and are then de-stemmed. Skin maceration follows at low temperature (3 °). The wine is pressed and let to settle cold, to start fermentation at low temperatures.
The Beaumes-de-Venise Cru is produced from Muscat à Petits Grains with a fortification of the wine through an addition of 5 to 10% of virtually pure alcohol that arrests the fermentation, thus leaving a small amount of residual sugar. The wines must contain at least 100g/L of sugar and feature at least 15% alcohol content.
A lesser known detail...
The domaine prefers cold skin maceration prior to fermentation to extract brighter colour and flavours from the grapes. A more complex wine, with increased aromatic and colour intensity is the result of this technique.