Muscadelle

Known as the third white grape of Bordeaux.

Colour: White or greyish pink berries.

Frequency: 5000 ha worldwide.

Synonym(s):  Various in France such as ” Musquette”, “Muscadet doux”, “Angelico”  in Gironde, “Muscade” in Sauternes.

In California sometimes called “sauvignon vert” (green sauvignon).  In South Africa you will find it refers as “Muskadel” .

Origin: Aquitaine (France)

Maturity: 2nd period

Sensitivity to diseases: Powdery mildew, grape moth larvae and wasps, and extremely sensitive to grey rot.

Area(s) Cultivated:

France Gironde, Dordogne, Charentes, Lot et Garone, Tarn

EuropeHungary, Romania, Ukraine

WorldwideRussia, USA (California), South Africa, Australia (state of Victoria)

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Type of Wines [ Profile ] – 

Sweet white wines and desert wine (ex: Monbazillac,) , Dry white wines (ex: Entre-deux-Mers)

Facts and tips:

  • Recommended  in South West of France and in Charentes.
  • Is not part of Muscat’s family.
  • Always blended, never vinified on its own.
  • In Australia they miscalled the Muscadelle as “Harslevelü”, which is the Hungarian name of Tokaj. Since then,   they sell a dessert wine called “Australian Tokay”.