GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON MELON DE BOURGOGNE

Melon de Bourgogne is also called Muscadet or Melon Blanc.

As its name suggests, this white grape variety is native to Burgundy and was cultivated until its ordered destruction in the early 18th century. It was planted in the Loire in the 17th century following an intense frost and the decimation of most red varieties. The producers were attracted by the resistance of the grape to frost and its ability to be distilled. These characteristics make it suitable for a cool climate. The vast majority of Melon de Bourgogne is grown in the Nantes region which is mainly south of the Loire and near the Atlantic. The wines are generally known as Muscadet, very dry and light white wines, with a distinctive mineral, fruit notes, and almost neutral flavors. This wine is appreciated as an excellent food/wine pairing due to its mineral and citric taste and strong acidity.

We suggest a top-quality wine to introduce Melon de Bourgogne, Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin 2009, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine, Sur Lie Pueri Solis only made from Melon de Bourgogne.

Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin only produces Pueri Solis in exceptional vintages, currently, there are only two vintages: 2005 and 2009. This bottle holds the highly regarded appellation of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine proposed for the most prestigious production. The wine spent 32 months on its lees, which are regularly stirred, in traditional underground vats. Once decanted, this mature wine offers a wide range of flavors, dry and exotic fruits, combined with a mineral after taste specific to this grape variety.

Food pairing: Grilled whelk with kombu beurre blanc, sautée burdock and carrot

Useful tips : Serve this wine chilled between 7 and 10°C.

Enjoy !

Amsterdam, July 31st 2019