Vignoble Alain Ignace

France, Rhône, Beaumes de Venice

 
 

Organic


While in Vaucluse in France, I was fortunate to stumble upon the wines of Nelly and Alain Ignace. They produce superb wines of the appellations Beaumes de Venise and Vacqueyras . Nelly Ignace’s family were wine growers in Vacqueyras and Alain's parents owned vineyards in Beaumes de Venise.  Alain’s father and grandfather were both farmers and he grew up in the fields and later discovered the art of wine production.  Their 13Ha area of vineyards are split into 9 ha of Vacqueyras and 4 ha of Muscat de Beaumes de Venise. Organic viticulture has been employed on all of their vines for the past 15 years and they are now certified organic. Until 2010, the grapes from their vineyards were delivered to the cooperative in Beaumes de Venise, where Alain was the president for 28 years.  The first bottling at the domain was 2011.  Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is made in a small cellar near their home in Beaumes, and are considered by some top sommeliers in France as the reference for Beaumes de Venise - especially the rare Muscat rouge of Ignace.  The Vacqueyras is made in a cellar south of Beaumes de Venise where other producers also make their wines, and each cuvee is based on vines dating back to the 1940s.  These wines can be found at the following 3-star rated Michelin restaurants: Guy Savoy - Paris, Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire - Paris and Troisgros - Roanne.

 

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Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
"La Tuillere" Vacqueyras Blanc 80% Bourbelenc, 20% Roussanne 20-40 years Clay and gravel Organic
"Pendant" Vacqueyras Rouge 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah 30-40 years Clay and gravel Organic
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Blanc Muscat Petits Grains Blanc 20-40 years Miocene marine molasse Organic
"Coeur de Vignes" Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Muscat Petits Grains Blanc 60 years Miocene marine molasse Organic
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Rosé 80% Muscat Petits Grains Blanc, 20% Muscat Petits Grains Rouge 20-40 years Miocene marine molasse Organic
"Le Péché d'Emilie" Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Rouge Muscat Petits Grains Rouge 20-40 years Miocene marine molasse Organic