Domaine De Durban

Domaine De Durban

Domaine de Durban Muscat Beaume De Venise 2020

Winemaker Notes

Sweet indeed, but not without a healthy infusion of that higher-altitude freshness. It’s no wonder why the French drink it before dinner rather than just saving it for dessert.  Fragrance of orange blossoms, and a delicate taste to match. Aromas of peach, apricot and lychee.

Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise is a regional specialty of the southern Rhone Valley.  Like port wine, fermentation is stopped by the addition of clear brandy to make the alcohol by volume 15%, roughly three times stronger than a Moscato d’Asti.  But don’t think this is a heavy wine; it’s not.

Delicate orange blossom aromas suggest a delicate sweet flavor, and that’s what you get, only with a bit more backbone. 

French chefs will use Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise to make certain cream sauces for citrusy desserts, but it’s wonderful sipping this wine chilled with a butter cookie as an accompaniment to make a light dessert.