DOMAINE des RICHARDS

Southern Rhone, France

DOMAINE des RICHARDS

Southern Rhone, France

Wine Maker: Pierre Combe

Since the 17th century Domaine des Richards, which takes its name from the Grandmother’s side of the current owners, is situated in the heart of the Vaucluse department. They are fine producers of Côtes-du-Rhône rouge, blanc and rosé, however it is the Muscat Beaumes de Venise and Vacqueyras for which they are famous.

Family wine makers Pierre Combe and Didier Guittet, respect tradition and the natural handling of their wine is simply an extension of their organic viticultural practices, hand picking and strict grape selection.

The cépage of the Muscat Beaumes de Venise is Muscat petits grains; after a rigorous berry by berry selection the fermentation is long (15 days) and cool to preserve the aromatics, the fermentation is halted and the alcoholic degree increased to 15% by the addition of a clean and pure grape spirit. After two rackings to clarify the wine it is gently filtered prior to bottling.