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.
France→ Gironde, Dordogne, Charentes, Lot et Garone, Tarn
Europe→ Hungary, Romania, Ukraine
Worldwide → Russia, USA (California), South Africa, Australia (state of Victoria)
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”.