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 de la Ferme Saint Martin. Suzette, Beaumes-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 Roussane 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 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. They are crafting some of the most aromatic wines.