Domaine de Durban

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Vin Doux Naturel

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This wine is 100% Muscat a Petits Grains, fruit all hand harvested and hand sorted, then macerated in their juice for 4-5 days before fermentation to extract more aromas, a common practice for the region.

The wine is fortified with neutral 96% grape spirit to 15% degree of alcohol. Domaine de Durban likes to find the delicate balance between the alcohol and the level of sweetness with balancing acidity always present. The residual sugar is 112g/l which is in the lower end with AOC stipulating a minimum residual sugar of 110g/l.

The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and then transferred to concrete tank for maturation. It will mature anywhere from 6 months minimum to 2 years in total whilst being bottled in gradual intervals.



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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.
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre every vintage. The AOC requires a min of 50% of the blend to be Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre stipulated to be the main auxiliary varietals.

All the varietals are vinified separately then blended at early January of the next year.
The fermentation takes place in stainless steel and the grapes go through carbonic maceration for 18 days. The wine is then transferred to concrete tank for further maturation for 8 months, then bottled unfiltered.

“If I could, I would nominate Henri Leydier, Durban’s proprietor and winemaker, for “World’s Kindest Soul.” Wouldn’t that be a nice award to give, in our current environment of loud and angry? Henri is one of those rare people with quiet, genuine goodness and old-fashioned Provençal charm, and his wines exude that easygoing grace. This Beaumes isn’t exactly a simple wine, but it’s definitely not hard to wrap your head around. It’s plush, juicy, clean, and pure—perfect for some time away from the noise”- Chris Santini – Kermit Lynch