Producer: Domaine Ferme Saint Martin
Wine: 2017 Beaumes de Venise "Costancia"
Varietals: 50% Grenache (1957), 50% Syrah (1985)
Terroir: Grown at 1,800 ft in Suzette on limestone/grey marl soils - south and southeast exposure.
Vinification: Hand harvested, destemmed, maceration for 21-28 months and aged 9-12 months in foudre.
Nose: Complex aromas of red fruits, garrigue, violet and mint.
Palate: Persistent length characterized by elegance, tension and harmony. Mostly bright burst of cherry and black fruit, provencal herbs and hints of spice.
Food: Wild boar, salami, prosciutto, red meats and strong hard cheeses
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2025
DOMAINE FERME SAINT MARTIN
Suzette, Beaume de Venise (Rhone)
The Ferme Saint Martin vineyard is located in the small village of Suzette right at the top of the Beaume de Venise Appellation Controlee. The domaine covers 89 acres of land, 56 of which are planted with Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah for the reds and Roussanne and Clairette for the whites. The vines face south on a very dry and rocky terroir built in terraces between altitudes of 800 and 1600 feet. The wines are certified organic and follow very natural and strict methods of grape growing and winemaking. The most important element is the natural treatment of the soil and the vine, with no chemical spraying and manual harvesting, all wines are unfiltered.
Guy Julien at La Ferme Saint-Martin has gradually turned over the reins to his son Thomas who has recently gone through biodynamic conversion of the entire domain and is crafting some of the most aromatic wines.
The lush vineyards of Beaumes de Venise could be straight from the landscapes of Tuscany. Vines and olive groves grow side by side on land lovingly tended by the winegrowers, where sustainable agriculture is a natural extension of their deep love for this unique, fertile, precious land.
The name “de Venise” makes us think of Venice, and sounds as if it might have romantic connotations. But this area isn’t named for the beautiful Italian town; it’s a derivation of “de Venisse”, from “Comtat Venaissin” (also known as Comtat Avignonnais), which was once part of the Papal States.
Beaumes de Venise lies in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail and their jagged peaks of Jurassic limestone, a terroir made up of 3 types of soil, notably the rocky outcrop known as Le Trias (exceptional soils which produce a very specific type of wine).
Vines have been grown in Beaumes de Venise since ancient times. Much of the vineyard was devastated by phylloxera in the late 19th century, but was revived in the early 20th century and now enjoys a new vigor. In 1957, Beaumes de Venise became part of the Côtes du Rhône production area; in 1978, the wines were awarded Côtes du Rhône Villages Beaumes de Venise status, and on June 9, 2005, Beaumes de Venise red wine officially became a standalone Côtes du Rhône Cru.
Information by: Vins Rhone
The character of Beaumes de Venise wines is shaped to a large extent by three major terroirs:
1. the Terres du Trias (Triassic Earth). The Triassic period is the name given to the earliest part of the Mesozoic era. Normally, the Triassic rock in this area would be buried some 4900 feet, but as the Dentelles de Montmirail emerged they brought the Triassic deposits to the surface, mainly around the town of Suzette, in a compressed formation unique to the Rhône Valley known as the Suzette Diapir. The soils are shallow and generally poor, but are cultivable; they protect the vines from both drought and humidity, as the fine earth, colored ochre by the presence of iron, hardens during times of drought but contains fissures which help it remain porous.
2. The Terres Whites (Cretaceous White Earth), around the village of Roque Alric, made up of calcareous clay and marl. The parent rock is greyish in color, showing a touch of red where iron is present. As they grow, the vines’ roots reach into the limestone, extracting the minerals they need to thrive. The vines are farmed mainly on terraces with maximum sun exposure.
3. The Terres Grises (Jurassic Grey Earth) are found mainly to the north of the village of Lafare, set against the south-eastern slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The soils are mainly Oxfordian black marl, made up of silt, clay and sand. They face east and southeast, giving excellent sun exposure and promoting uniform ripeness.
Information by: Vins Rhone