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2021 Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge

Domaine de Durban
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Back in the late seventies, Durban’s flagship fortified Muscat is what originally drew Kermit to the domaine, but once there, he fortuitously discovered their inky, garrigue-scented rouges. This Beaumes-de-Venise is a vigorous blend of Grenache, Syrah, and a splash of Mourvèdre. I’d call it “a wine’s wine”—it is down to earth, will stain your hands and teeth, and is deep and tangy, with peppery cassis fruit and a whiff of warm rosemary. With this bottle, I was inspired to recreate a dish I had recently at a favorite restaurant: roasted beets with summery black cherries, fresh herbs, and a light tahini cream sauce. The elements all came together and recalled the earthiness, juicy dark fruit, and herbal qualities I love so much in this wine. 

Jane Augustine


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Beaumes-de-Venise
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
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
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 15%

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