Beaumes de Venise Wine

Beaumes de Venise Wine

In her final book 'An Omelette and a Glass of Wine' (Penguin, 1984), Elizabeth David fondly recalled a lunch at the Hostellerie du Château in Beaumes de Venise in the summer of 1956. She recounted how the wine had a strong local reputation but was seldom exported as there "were no more than three or four hectares under vine." She concluded that "the custom of drinking a little glass of rich wine with a sweet or fruit seems to me a civilised one."

Happily, today Beaumes de Venise has more than 300 hectares of Muscat under vine producing over 700,000 bottles each year; many of which are exported.

We have been shipping Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise from the Leydier family since 1978 so feel that we've played a part in its increased popularity. Made from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains that is fermented then fortified by mutage with grape alcohol, it is a golden-hued, peach and orange blossom-scented, honeyed and hedonistic elixir that is traditionally drunk as a pre-prandial pick-me-up but makes for a versatile dessert wine.

In 2005, the still red wines of Beaumes de Venise were granted full Cru status so the Leydiers elected to stop selling their grapes in bulk to négociants and invest in equipment to vinify and bottle their own wine sur place. Made from a blend of 70% Grenache Noir, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, their 'Vieilles Vignes' bottling has a deep purple robe and a core of dark, hedgerow berry fruit with hints of black pepper and supple tannins. It makes a fine partner to warming roasts and stews and can cellar well for up to a decade.

Not to be overlooked is the estate's charming 'IGP Vin de Pays de Vaucluse' Viognier which has wonderfully typical honeysuckle and apricot scents and a well-delineated stone-fruit palate with an elegant, dry finish. It makes a fine accompaniment to substantial salads and seafood.

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  1. Beaumes de Venise: Domaine de Durban 'Vielles Vignes' 2019
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    £14.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £174.00
  2. Vin de Pays de Vaucluse: Domaine de Durban Viognier 2020
    Bottle
    £12.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £155.40
  3. Muscat de Beaumes de Venise: Domaine de Durban 2019
    Bottle
    £19.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £231.00
    Half Bottle
    £11.75
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £282.00
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