Wine By Grape Variety | Melon de Bourgogne

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Melon de Bourgogne is a white wine grape variety most commonly grown in the Pays Nantais region of the Loire Valley and is synonymous with Muscadet wines. The grape variety has naturally high acidity and the best wines show apple and citrus flavours, with underlying mineral notes.

In the winery, the fashion is to subject the best Melon de Bourgogne grapes to extended lees contact (sur lie on Muscadet labels) and sometimes also use barrel maturation. This results in wines of greater depth, texture and complexity, albeit at a higher price.

Melon de Bourgogne is seldom seen outside the Pays Nantais region, although there are some plantings in its native Burgundy.