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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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Puerto Rico

  • Japan

      Alcohol consumption has been part of Japanese culture since its early history. Rice wines ...

  • Oregon

    The history of Oregon wine-making dates back to the mid 1800s. Horticulturalist Henderson Luell...

  • Netherlands

      The climate in the Netherlands, or Holland, is too cool and damp to produce quality wine. ...

  • Sèvre-et-maine

  • Muscadet

  • Barbados

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

Popular Wineries using Melon

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Château Saint Christophe

    The Château Saint-Christophe is an independent family-owned vintner from the Bordeaux area in F...

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Melon on Snooth

  • Michel Gassier Costières-de-Nîmes Buti Nages 2012

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    Nice quality mid-week quaff from the southern Rhone. Nice stone fruits, ripe pear and melon with medium acidity and short to medium finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Bernardo Winery Chardonay 2011

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    Honeydew and melon, slight lemon notes on the nose and initial tasting. Notes of crisp sour apple. Medium Oak. Medium to slightly high acidity, not enjoyable in a Chard. Long finish with high astringent aspects as well as high minerality. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Compagni Portis Vineyard 2012

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    Quite pale yellow color. Somewhat complex nose--I'm getting floral/spicy but ... ... fruit flavors and some melon. Some bitterness on the back of the palate. It is quite refreshing, though. This one will work with or without food accompaniment. US$25.00 from the winery mailing lis Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pinot Biano Vorberg Cantina Terlano Bin-End! 2005

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    Very floral with a rather yeast influenced bouquet that is dusty showing a bit of melon and hints of blue flowers and verbena. Bright, ripe and broad if clear on the plate with rich mineral laced white fruits. Cool, long and compressed on the moderately long finish this is quartzy and transparent. 92pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Terlan Nova Domus Terlaner Riserva 2009

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    60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Sauvignon BlancTight, though very floral ... open in the mouth delivering melon and slightly astringent quince flavors that lead to a long finish showing super persistence to the melon, mineral and crab apple flaovrs. 93p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Arrowood Chardonnay 2011

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    Clear, lemon-gold, medium intensity. On the nose the wine is clean, with ... ... ... pineapple, and overripe melon. On the finish there is butterscotch, creme brûlée, toasted marshmallow and lingering notes of honeyed brioche. The finish is med + and overall the wine is very good. Read More

    Wine review by JasonMM


  • Chardonnay, oh Chardonnay. You really don’t have to be any better, do ... with some fennel seed and melony fruit. Broad, supple and yet juicy in the mouth ,this delivers some lovely green apple and melon flavors along with a fair dose of the caramel and creme brulee from the nose. It’s an open, easy drinking style that is fruit forward but wit... Read More

    From the article Searching for Value in Chardonnay


  • Liquid Farm Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills Golden Slope 2011

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    Very attractive clear straw color. Fairly big vanilla/melon bouquet suggests serious oaking. Very interesting on the palate--not as much vanilla as I feared. In fact the initial impression is fairly light, Reasonably good lemony tartness has a refreshing quality. A good wine but for the price there are a couple Napa Valley Chardonnays that ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2011

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    Hugely aromatic with lots of pineapple and mango fruit layered over a base of ... rich with vanilla, mango and melon, along with some creamy pineapple fruit towards the back of the palate. The acid and a touch of minerality emerges on the moderately long finish which shows a dusty edge and reveals more subtle green apple peel and lime pith fla... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lake Sonoma Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2011

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    Caramel, vanilla and creme brulee grace the nose here along with some fennel seed and melony fruit. Broad, supple and yet juicy in the mouth ,this delivers some lovely green apple and melon flavors along with a fair dose of the caramel and creme brulee from the nose. Its an open, easy drinking style that is fruit forward but with refreshing acid... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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