Melon

(Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet, Weisserburgunder)

In the 1970s and 1980s, in a period when varietal accuracy on wine labels was often a secondary thought much of what was thought to be Pinot Blanc in California were actually plantings of Melon. Today, this grape is a minor variety in the Golden State, with small plantings in the cooler areas of the North and Central Coast regions. In such cool, coastal conditions, Melon can make balanced table wines with good flavor. Not surprising, since this old Burgundian variety,once widely grown in that area,is most associated with an even cooler coastal region. In France, Melon is mainly used to make white wines known as Muscadet from the Loire Valley's extreme western edge, known as the Nantes, which borders the Atlantic ocean. Here it makes light acidic white wines, with tart acidity, citric fruit character that often possess a salty character. The best of these come from the Muscadet de Sevre et Maine AOC, where many of the wines are aged sur lie to take on extra Read more »

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  • Cote Mas Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Brut

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    Austere, mineral driven notes of lime zest and grapefruit with a touch of wet ... ... of lemon, grapefruit and melon on the mid palate. Mineral notes and sea spray give this a clean, light finish with the slightest hint of toas Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Henri Larue Pouilly-Loche 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £10.APouilly-Loche ... fish and chips.There is some melon style fruit and a little citrus on the finish but I have had fruitier wines.There is no suggestion of vanilla or butter so this is probably an unoaked wine.I would say this is a bland or mineral white wine but it was a match for ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Jordan Chardonnay 2015

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    Rich buttery aromas of green apple, peach, dried apricot, melon and vanilla. Smooth and full bodied on the palate, refreshing with an excellent heft of vanilla bean, toasted oak and fruit flavors of green apple, pear and melon, a touch of lemon as well with a finish of smoky oak. Creamy, zesty, generous and full flavored. 91 pts. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I tasted through a selection of Chenin Blanc for #CheninBlancDay last June. ... ... fresh grass and a bright melon finish with tart citrus and dried herbal notes.De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay Robertson 2016Juicy, honeyed apple and floral peach aromas. Pleasantly spiced with just a touch of honey on the palate with fresh acidity, citrus ... Read More

    From the article South African Chenin is the Ideal Winter White


  • Szigeti Gruner Veltliner Brut Oesterreicher Sekt Burgenland

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    Light citrus aromas. Good balance of melon and lemon notes on the palate with fresh acidity, a bit of a waxy note and a finish of lemon pith. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine Champagne

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    Light, toast and yeast aromas with hints of lemon and biscuit, honeycomb and ... and more citrus with green melon and green apple. A nicely structured win Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dr Konstantin Frank Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2016

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    Tropical fruit aromas of melon and pineapple with some green apple and lemon notes as well on the nose - very pleasant. A touch of sweetness greets the palate of this smooth, medium-full bodied wine showing notes of white peach, ripe melon and tart citrus, finishing clean and fresh with a bit of herbal complexity and lime zest. 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Viticcio Greppico Vermentino Tuscany 2016

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    Tropical banana and mango aromas with light floral notes and dried brown rice ... ... flower petal and creamy melon towards the finish of white pepper and vanilla. 90 p Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stefan Pratsch Sauvignon Blanc Kittel Austria 2016

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    Fresh, floral and herbal citrus aromas of lemon balm and grapefruit with light melon notes. Zesty and juicy on the palate, dominated by grassy citrus fruit notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit with a finish that let's up on the acidity replacing with creamy almond and green apple notes.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bervini Spumante Rose Friuli Venezia Giulia

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    Light strawberry and melon aromas. In the mouth this is lightly spiced with fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and cranberry, tart and refreshing with a creamy mid palate, nice texture and a sharp bold palate of fresh bubbles and light fruit. Fun and fruity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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