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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2001 Vin Doux Naturel (French)

This bottle produced by Rhone Valley Negociant M. Chapoutier was purchased from Carrefour wine fair, fairly enjoyable wine to drink but does not come into the range of the botrytis wines. The colour of the wine is a greenish-golden hue

The term Vin doux naturel is translated as 'naturally sweet', however, truly 'naturally' sweet wines such as botrytis and late harvest styles are those where the concentration of sugars in the grapes when harvested is so high that the fermenting yeasts die, poisoned by alcohol, long before all the sugar has been converted; the wealth of sugar results usually from dehydration. With this bottle, however, the yeast action is halted by the addition of alcohol, resulting in what is really a blend of wine, unfermented grape juice and added grape spirit..

Smell : Delicate flora rose smell with scent of honey and minerals.

Taste : Delicate toffee sweetness with the honey-lemon flavours dominating.

After-taste : Slight lemon peel zest and bitterness at the end.

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