Short info on Muscadet

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Muscadet is synonymous with the Melon de Bourgogne grape. It was originally brought from Burgundy to the City of Nantes in the Loire Valley. Very few Muscadets will improve with age and the vast majority are meant to be enjoyed young.

Muscadet Characteristics

Muscadet is a light-bodied, fruity varietal that is typically quite acidic. The grape buds early and needs a relatively long growing season to develop its varietal characteristics. In the vineyard, it is delicate and succeptible to mildew and mold.

Short info on Muscadet

California Muscadet

In the past, many California producers have planted the grape thinking that it was Pinot Blanc. Genetic studies at UC Davis have sorted out some of this confusion. Some wineries in the Golden State use lees stirring and a bit of skin maceration to give the grape more body and character.