Beaumes de Venise: Domaine de Durban 'Vielles Vignes' 2018
Red Beaumes de Venise was upgraded to full AOC status in 2005, 60 years after its (better known) sweet Muscat appellation sibling. Consequently, it flies under the radar as a cracking value Cru. Unfiltered and vinified in concrete this is traditional Southern Rhone red winemaking in its element.
Over the last decade the Leydier family at Domaine de Durban have (in addition to their white Muscat de Beaumes de Venise) also been bottling this fine red Beaumes de Venise that now enjoys full 'Appellation Contrôlée' status.
Made from a blend of 70% Grenache Noir, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, the 'Vieilles Vignes' cuvée is a wonderful, life-affirming wine that drinks well from release, but will reward 3-5 years bottle-age. With a lovely, sun-baked berry bouquet and a brooding, briary palate, it calls for warming winter daubes and slow-cooked stews.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Beaumes de Venise|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Casserole|
|Cellarage||Drinks well from release, but will reward 3 to 5 years bottle-age.|
|Vinification||The vines are hand harvested to ensure no damage is caused to the fruit which is then sorted at the vineyard to eliminate any spoiled or under-ripe grapes. The bunches are de-stemmed and pressed prior to a 3 week fermentation. Maturation takes place in cement tanks, prior to bottling without filtration.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Domaine de Durban (La Famille Leydier)
Domaine de Durban is a 57-hectare estate based around a magnificent 15th century fortified farmhouse that stands against a background of pinewoods and enjoys a panoramic view over the vineyards. The Domaine has been owned and run by the Leydier family since 1969 and is currently in the capable hands of Bernard & Jean-Pierre Leydier.
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