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Muscadelle

Muscadelle is a white grape variety most associated with sweet wines such as Sauternes and Monbazillac. It is often blended with other varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

The Muscadelle grape produces light yellow-green coloured wines with floral and citrus aromas. On the palate, it has a light and refreshing taste with herbal and honeyed notes.

Fresh Muscadelle grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Muscadelle is mainly grown in the Bordeaux region of France, where it is used to make botrytized sweet wines but also dry examples. It is also found in Australia and California. Muscadelle is an early to mid ripening variety with relatively thin skins, making it suitable for the production of sweet wines. It is relatively susceptible to powdery mildew and other pests and is therefore planted on well-exposed sunny sites. In the Bordeaux region of France, Muscadelle is used in blends to produce sweet wines such as Sauternes, Monbazillac and Loupiac. In the United States and Australia, Muscadelle is often used to make late harvest wines as well as dry wines. Due to its sweet and fruity nature, Muscadelle pairs well with desserts, particularly those containing fruits such as apples and pears. It also goes well with creamy cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.

Foods to pair with Muscadelle:

Asian food
Curry
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Muscadelle
Although it was named after its supposed Muscat aroma (Muscadelle), Muscadelle is not related to any Muscat variety.

Top Wines with Muscadelle

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Château Rieussec Sauternes (Premier Grand Cru Classé) is an exquisite dessert wine from the renowned appellation of Sauternes in Bordeaux, France. It is made from a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes, which are hand-harvested at optimum ripeness and carefully fermented in oak barrels. The result is a decadent, complex wine with notes of honey, apricot, pineapple, and lemon zest. On the palate, it offers a creamy texture and balanced acidity, with a long finish of honey, spice, and citrus. Château Rieussec Sauternes is a delightful wine and an excellent accompaniment to desserts and cheeses.
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Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut is a delightful sparkling wine that showcases the expertise of Bordeaux winemaking. Crafted in the renowned Bordeaux appellation, this wine is made using traditional methods to ensure exceptional quality. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's unique terroir, characterized by well-drained soils and a temperate climate. The winemaking process involves a careful selection of grapes, followed by a gentle pressing to extract the finest juice. The resulting wine is elegant and crisp, with lively bubbles and a refreshing acidity. Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut is the perfect choice for those seeking a sophisticated sparkling wine experience.
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Château Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes is a delightful wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the prestigious Sauternes appellation, this wine is crafted from carefully selected grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features unique soil composition and ideal microclimate, allowing for the development of noble rot, which imparts the wine with its signature sweetness and complexity. The winemaking process involves meticulous attention to detail, including hand-harvesting and selective sorting of the grapes. The result is a beautifully balanced wine with luscious flavors of honey, apricot, and citrus, complemented by a refreshing acidity.
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Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes is a luscious and decadent dessert wine made from the Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes grown in the renowned Bordeaux region. This Premier Grand Cru Classé offers notes of honey, apricot, and peach on the nose, along with a hint of orange blossom. On the palate, it displays a beautiful balance of sweetness and acidity, with a delightful minerality, and a long, elegant finish. Its complexity and depth of flavor make it an excellent accompaniment to a variety of desserts, and its exceptional quality makes it a worthy investment for any serious oenophile.
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Château Bonnet

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Château Bonnet Entre-deux-Mers Blanc is a delightful white wine produced by André Lurton, a renowned winemaker in Bordeaux. The wine comes from the Entre-deux-Mers appellation, which is known for its limestone and clay soils that impart a unique character to the grapes. The vineyards are located on gentle slopes that benefit from the cool Atlantic breeze, resulting in grapes with a perfect balance of acidity and ripeness. The winemaking process involves a careful selection of the best grapes, followed by gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is crisp, refreshing, and aromatic, with notes of citrus, white flowers, and a hint of minerality. It is a perfect match for seafood, salads, and light dishes.
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