Domaine de Richards is in the heart of the Vaucluse department, this family-run estate has operated since the 17th century. While Domaine de Richards is their Muscat Beaumes de Venise for which they are (rightly) famous, their reds are worthy of your attention. Tradition and natural handling, organic viticulture, handpicking and strict grape selection are all observed.
Brilliantly aromatic. Peach, pears, apricot kernel, floral. Complex at the start and beguilingly layered. This is so lovely aromatically that you could almost forget to take a sip. When you come to your senses there is a lot going on. The quality factor is the balance between sweetness, flavour intensity, acidity and alcohol. This dance plays out on your tongue and the flavours linger for what seems like an eternity. Drinking well now, it will evolve over the next 5-15 years into a more savoury, truffle and toasty affair. This wine offers more versatility than you may think. Great as an aperitif or is classical matched with foie gras. But can also handle delicate fish dishes, roquefort cheese or a fruit salad.
A sweet, fortified wine in the southern Rhone. This is a famous wine for its freshness and beauty.
The same variety that makes Moscato d’Asti, Muscat Beaumes de Venice and Australian Muscat. The naturally high sugar and acid in the grape made it a robust and therefore popular wine before sanitation was properly understood. The balance and highly aromatic nature of the grape makes it a beautiful variety for sweeter wines.