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Just a mere 2,618 years ago, a small group of Greek colonists found their way to Provence and settled in some grottoes (baùmos in local dialect) on a hilltop. From vine cuttings packed along in their belongings they began a tradition, miraculously uninterrupted since then, of making sweet Muscat, which remains to this day the claim to fame and calling card of the village of Beaumes-de-Venise. Much ink about this Muscat, one of the great sticky wines of the world, has been rightly spilled in these pages over the last forty years. Yet don’t forget about the rouge, the sun-filled, hearty, and meaty everyday wine locals drink without pomp or circumstance between bottles of the sweet stuff.
|Blend:||70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre|
|Producer:||Domaine de Durban|
|Winemaker:||The Leydier Family|
|Vineyard:||47 years, 21 ha|
|Soil:||Clay, Limestone, Trias|
|Aging:||Grapes are fermented in stainless steel for 15 days, wine ages in barriques, bottled unfiltered|
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