Saturday, September 17, 2005
2001 Beaumes de Venise "La Chapelle Notre Dame d'Aubune" (Côtes du Rhône Villages)
Definitely the feminine side of the Rhône--not the earthy masculine side. Kind of like a cross between a Bourgogne and Côtes du Rhône. Fragrant nose of sappy blackberries and plums, with warm gingerbready spice notes. Soft, focused, and ripe in the mouth, with some soft tannin in the finish. Not a blockbuster, but a wine you want to keep drinking. 87. Will last another year or two. Made by the Beaumes de Venise growers' co-op. About $10 at Copperfield's on Bellaire in Bellaire.