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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  • Sicily has a jaded reputation. Thanks to the illustrious movie making of ... ... ... medium+ aromas of Korean melon, fresh squeezed citrus, floral notes, honey, almonds; classic wine, refreshing, light and lively on the palate, dry with medium acidity, this is an easy wine to drink and enjoy.2016 Tenute Gorghi Tondi Kheirè DOC Sicilia: 100% Gr... Read More

    From the article A Sicilian Wine Renaissance


  • Last night I had a baked mackerel for my supper so I opened a bottle of dry ... bone dry with a fairly bland melon style fruit but also some citrus especially on the finish. It was only the second bottle of chasselas I have had but it was a good match for the fis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Pouilly-Sur-Loire Giles Chollet 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website ... dry wine with a fairly bland melon style fruit but also some citrus especially on the finish. It was a good match for my fish Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Fritsch Pinot Noir Wagram 2012

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    Warm brown sugar and ripe cherry notes with a chunky melon and fresh strawberry note. A bit savory and earthy on the palate with cinnamon spice leading the charge for a warm mixed berry and cherry palate of ripe fruit, finishing tart and compact with some cranberry fruit, light mushroom notes and some sticky tannins lending complexity to the fin... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine de la Morandiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local wineshop [www.boroughwines.co.uk ] ... for white wines made of the melon de bourgogne grape from 23 communes south-east of the City of Nantes.The melon grape was brought here in the early 18th century by Dutch traders from Burgundy.It is no longer used in Burgundy.The names Sevre and Maine refer to two... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Saint-Veran 'Les Charmones' 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local shop [www.boroughwines.co.uk] for ... ... is a dry wine with some melon,peach and sour pear style fruit and a suggestion of citrus especially on the finish but not even a hint. of vanilla or butter. In short it was fairly mineral as opposed to fruity but a good accompaniment to the sala Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Zinfandel lovers unite in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Eno-tourists are ... of sour straw candy, light melon and a hint of mango. Pleasant and crisp with good fruit expression and a zesty spice throughout.Pedroncelli Dry Rose of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015Smoky, tarry aromas with dark musk and tart mixed berry on the nose. This is a bit gree... Read More

    From the article It's not all about Zinfandel.


  • Quivira Sauvignon Blanc Fig Tree Vineyard 2014

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    Herbal lemon drop and butter cookie aromas with a tart citrus note and some ... of sour straw candy, light melon and a hint of mango. Pleasant and crisp with good fruit expression and a zesty spice throughou Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Discovery Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Cool and herbal aromas of lemongrass, sweet basil and fruit notes of lemon and ... and ... and lemon with some melon flavors coming through on the mid palate where a soft acidity creates a creamy texture through to a tight finish of light her Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling Rheinhessen 2016

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    Vanishing peach aromas with light minerality. This has a lot of fresh fruit ... entry, honeyed pear, fresh melon and tangerine blossom with a bit of sweetness coming through on the mid palate and a light, creamy textured finish. Very pleasan Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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