Domaine de Durban, Beaumes-de-Venise, Southern Rhône, France, 2021
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Overview of the Wine
To walk through the high-altitude vineyards at Domaine de Durban is to walk through history, a handful of the soil reveals ancient Roman roof tiles and medieval pot shards. The scenic views put one at pause considering the timelessness—wine has been a part of the culture here for millennia. Jacques Leydier bought the property in the 1960s when the farm had fallen into disrepair. Today, Henri and Philippe Leydier run the domaine and this magical spot has assumed a higher purpose, producing some of the most memorable wines of the Southern Rhône. The Leydiers farm fifty-five hectares, producing a powerful Gigondas, a velvety Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge, and undeniably the most celebrated Muscat in the entire appellation.
Winemaker: The Leydier Family
Vineyard: 48 years, 21 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone, Trias
Aging: Grapes are fermented in stainless steel for 15 days, wine ages in barriques, bottled unfiltered
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Grape / Blend
70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
Southern Rhône, France
A big wine that seems light as a feather? A luscious mouthful and after the feathery part, a tannin kicks in. This red Rhône has wild strawberry in its pretty fruit bouquet and dried thyme as the aftertaste subsides.
Product size: 750ml