Vin Doux Naturel Rasteau DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD

The grapes for this sweet, fortified Rasteau grow on especially well-exposed terraces of stony, clay-chalk soil.

They are entirely Grenache Noir: small, highly concentrated bunches with a yield of about 10hl/ha. The grapes are hand-picked when very ripe, bursting with sunshine and containing more than 260g of natural sugar per litre before alcohol is added to arrest fermentation.

The alcohol is added to the grapes; the juice then continues to macerate for a few days to fix the wine's magnificent purple color and tannins.

Two years' ageing in oak casks gives full expression to this sweet wine.