Melon de Bourgogne

Melon de Bourgogne grapes

Melon, perhaps known more commonly as Muscadet, originated in Burgundy, but has found its home in the Loire. Most of it is in the Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine appellation, but Melon is the only variety permitted in all of the Muscadet appellations. Muscadet really took off in the 1970’s, which led to over-planting and many inferior wines, causing it to go into decline again. Now the renaissance is well and truly underway. Melon tends to be very crisp and refreshing with citrus fruit and a hint of the sea. Wines that are aged on the lees (sur lie) will have a little more complexity and flavour. This is an ideal grape to pair with seafood.

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