(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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  • Domaine Drouhin Edition Rose of Pinot Noir 2013


    Really nice Rose of Pinot Noir from Domaine Drouhin. Crisp bright red cherry, a touch of melon, some not too ripe strawberry, a good hit of acidity and a medium finish. Last of all of our 2013 rose, good way to end the vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Weingut Emmerich Knoll Ried Kreutles 2013 Gruner Veltliner Federspiel, Wachau, Austria 2013


    Spice, bright, spring grass, melon, citrus, stone fruit, spring onion. Laundry soap. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Leth Roter Veltliner Hofweingarten Wagram 2013


    Bright and fresh with citrus, sweet grass and hints of melon. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Weingut Martinshof 'Zum Martin Sepp' Grüner Veltliner 2013


    Really like the nose on this wine. Melon, mikan, fresh cut grass, pear, cream soda and a hint of lychee. The palate, on the other hand, is less interesting but still nice if simple. Would be great on a warm summer day. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc 2013


    This Cotes du Roussillon Blanc has an intriguing nose of pear, a hint of citrus ... ... candied pear, honeydew melon, a bit of salt and spice (reminiscent of spice cake). This wine would be a hit at any summer party or any other season. Impressive for the price and grape varieties in the mix! 89 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Rully 'La Chaume' Domaine Gaspard Perret 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for £11 from a local supermarket Rully is an AOC ... ... it. There is plenty of a melon,peach and apricot style fruit and there is also a hint of butter and vanilla suggesting that the wine has seen the inside of an oak barrel.There is a subtle and balanced feel to the wine In short.this is a lovely bottle of char... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Kris Pinot Grigio 2013


    Clean and crisp aromas of green apple, lemon and pear. Quite tart flavors here, ... but there's some honeydew melon notes and a touch of pine nuts as well to round out the flavor Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • AOA, I've had fun doing some side by sides with Vacqueyras, Gigondas and ... nice ripe white peach, green melon, a hint of lime, a touch of grassiness, medium acidity and a medium finis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Apsara Sauvignon Blanc Rivers Reach 2014


    Just a fantastic Napa Sauv Blanc from Apsara. This is not about grapefruit but ... nice ripe white peach, green melon, a hint of lime, a touch of grassiness, medium acidity and a medium finis Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • @ vinovino:  Okay, I release my thoughts on my recent post of the ... ... beautiful bouquet of melon and hint of flint and grass. Also Orange peel on the nose, on the palate, lemon, citrus, white peach with hints of chalk and salinity. A tiny touch of sweetness around 1.8 residual sugar with great acidity. It lingers in a lovely fashion of fr... Read More

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