Domaine de Durban 2020 Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, Half Bottle, Rhone Valley
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 accompaniement to make a light dessert.
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. Duck pate, anyone?