One of the famed Vin Doux Naturel of France, Muscat Beames de Venise has fallen somewhat out of fashion of late, which is a shame as it is the perfect aperitif before dinner as well as an ideal accompaniment for cheese and fresh fruit. Made from Muscat à petits grains grown on sandy, limestone terraces on the lower slopes of Mont Ventoux (just over the border with Beaume de Venise). These vines are well over 50 years old and are farmed organically. The fruit is harvested by hand, destemmed and allowed a brief, cold maceration of the skins before fermentation in tank. Fermentation is halted with the addition of neutral grape spirits.