Located in the foothills of the Mont Venteux, east of the village of Beaumes de Venise, it comprises 57 hectares, of which 62 acres is planted with Muscat. This is the only area in the Rhône Valey where the Muscat grape is grown and the Leydiers are famed for the outstanding quality of their wines. Bernard Leydier attributes this to the fact that they use only Muscat de Frontignan á petit grains blanc grapes, while many other winemakers in the region use a mixture of the petit grains blanc and noir varieties.
The Domaine dominates the vineyard and offers an impressive panorama. Since the Sixties, the Leydier family has nurtured and developed the production of the now internationally-renowned wines.
At Domaine de Durban, the grapes are gathered by hand to avoid harming them and sorted at the vine in order to eliminate those that are not ripe enough or that have been damaged. The collected grapes are then separated and macerated - a process in which the grapes are crushed and steeped in juice for several days or even weeks - determining the colour, flavour, tannin content and aroma of the wine. After maceration, the grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks.
The soil in this region is a mixture or grey limestones, red marls and some sand and the village is sheltered from the gusty 'Mistral' wind. Muscat grapes are cultivated and vinified as for a normal table wine then alcohol is added to stop fermentation (a process known as 'mutage') to bring the wine up to at least 15 degrees. The resulting wine from Domaine de Durban has a golden colour and flavours of citrus (particularly lemon) and peppermint.
The vineyard is 240 hectares and the vines that produce these grapes are 12 years old. The Domaine was founded in 1159 and is located on the hillsides of Beaumes-de-Venise that overlook the famous village of Chateauneuf-Du Pape.
Production - The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks at approximately 18°C for approximately 7 to 8 days Fermentation – In stainless steel tanks for 8 to 10 months prior to filtration and bottling. These techniques are both aimed to preserve the fresh aromas and fruit in what are normally very warm weather conditions.
This is a very aromatic wine with a mixture of floral and fruit aromas. The fruit on the palate is a wonderful combination of citrus and stoned fruit such as pear, peach and grapefruit.
Located on a plateau overlooking the village of Beaumes de Venise, Domaine de Durban stands against a background of pine woods and commands a magnificent panoramic view over the vineyards. Here in this outstanding setting, the Leydier family devote all their care to the production of their different vintages.
On the Estate, the harvest is brought in as in the old days, the grapes are picked by hand, so as to avoid damaging the fruit, and sorted right at the vine, so that any spoiled or under ripe grapes are eliminated.
The Muscat is matured as it always has, in the large tanks inside the old chapel building cellar, submerged in the hillside. The remains of the chapel are incorporated into the family home restored above.
The Muscat expresses itself with finesse. Delicate flavours tingle the tongue with notes of pear and apricot.
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