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by Fred McMillin
Beaumes-De-Venise produces what most people regard as the best of France's fortified sweet wines.
...Clive Coates, The Wines of France
Since the beginning of recorded history in 1834, the Jaboulets have been making fine wine in the Rhone Valley. Today, the firm is one of the most prestigious negociants [buys, blends, ships, etc.] of the region.
...R. Norman, Rhone Renaissance
The Rest of the Story
OK. One at a time. What's Beaumes-De-Venise? Then, who are the Jaboulets?
Beaumes-De-Venise (bowm-duh-vuneez) is a town and a wine district 20 miles northeast of Avignon. It has always been Muscat-friendly. Pliny the Elder mentioned it two millennia ago. Six centuries ago, when the Papacy was at Avignon, the Muscat was one of their favorites, and became known as "Muscat des Papes." Beaumes Muscat has enjoyed its greatest popularity in the last two decades.
As for the Jaboulets, their 1961 red Hermitage La Chapelle was one of the great wines of the 20th century. But not content with their Rhone table-wine triumphs, the descendants of founder Antoine Jaboulet (1807-1864) have added some other Rhone winners to their stable, and one of them is our...
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1997 Muscat de Baumes-De-Venise
I like author Remington Norman's tribute to the five Jaboulets that make the firm hum. "Altogether an inspiring family business, and one of the Rhone's very finest."
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