GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON MUSCAT

Muscat is the name of one of the oldest grape families on the planet. The grapes have been used in winemaking since the times of the ancient Greeks. Today over 200 different varieties of the Muscat grape family exist and it is planted in many significant wine regions. Muscat prefers warm climates and thrives in a typical Mediterranean climate, such as in Italy, France, Spain.

Muscat is the only grape to produce wine with the same taste and aroma as the grape itself. The grapes are characterized by their musky aroma, sweet honeyed flavour and rich fruit and floral notes. The aromatic white variety is available in many styles, from dry to sweet to still, sparkling, and fortified.

A great example of the Muscat wines we would suggest to taste is 2015 Muscat Grand Cru Kirchberg by Domaine Kientzler (Alsace AOC, France). The Kientzler family has been producing high quality wines for 5 generations in the beautiful village of Ribeauvillé and the surrounding area. The domaine is made up of 12 hectares of vineyards, a third of which have Grand Cru status.

2015 Muscat Grand Cru Kirchberg, made from 100% Muscat Ottonel, is a full-bodied, gorgeously aromatic white wine with mineral character. Herbs, lime, grapefruit pith and orange marmalade on the nose and in the mouth. The acidity is really remarkable and the finish is floral and long.

Aging ability: 2019-2030
Critic scores: SR 92

Food pairing: Asian and vegetarian dishes
Useful tips: serve it lightly chilled 10-13˚C

Amsterdam, October 9th 2019