then it has been used solely in the production of the light
dry white wine Muscadet, which is made entirely from the Melon
grape. The grape is so associated with this popular appellation
of the western Loire that the grape itself is often known
as Muscadet. In terms of flavour it is an undistinguished
grape with few strong features.
acres of the grape are also grown in Oregon, where it is known
simply as Melon.
has been introduced into Washington State by Perennial Vintners
on Bainbridge Island just six miles across Puget Sound from
It is felt that the similar cool maritime influenced climate
will be perfect due to its similarity to that of Nantes France.
First commercial release expected in 2009.
of the similarity of its terroir to that of Burgundy, Prince
Edward County in Ontario has witnessed several wineries release
a Melon de Bourgogne.
in the U.S., Federal law dictates what can be used on a wine
label. The word "Muscadet" cannot be used, only the full name
of the grape, or the shortened "Melon" can be used.
de Bourgogne is also known under the synonyms Auxerrois Gros,
Biaune, Blanc de Nantes, Bourgogne Blanche, Bourgogne Verde,
Bourgogne Verte, Bourguignon Blanc, Clozier, Feher Nagyburgundi,
Feuille Ronde, Gamay Blanc, Gamay Blanc Feuilles Rondes,
Gamay Blanc Feullies Rondes, Game Kruglolistnyi, Gros Auxerrois,
Gros Blanc, Grosse Saint Marie, Lyonnais, Lyonnaise Blanche,
Malin Blanc, Mele, Melon, Meurlon, Mourlon, Muscadet, Perry,
Petit Bourgogne, Petit Muscadet, Petite Biaune, Petoin, Petouin,
Picarneau, Plant de Lons-Le-Saulnie, Roussette Basse, Spater
Weisser Burgunder, and Weisser Burgunder.
Science of Wine Aroma
the Acids in Wine
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The Basic Wine Pairing Rules
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a Wine Sommelier
J. Robinson (ed) The Oxford Companion to Wine Third
Edition, Oxford University Press 2006, pg. 746: "Vine
- Airen, Vitis
International Variety Catalogue, accessed on June 21,