Melon de Bourgogne or Melon is a white grape varietal grown primarily in the Loire Valley wine region of France. It is best known for its use in crafting the white wine called Muscadet.
As its name makes reference; the grapes origins are in Burgundy and was grown there until its removal was ordered in the early 18th century, as other varietals proved more successful in the regions climate. Recent DNA analysis has revealed Melon de Bourgogne is a crossing between Pinot Blanc and Gouais Blanc varietals. It is now the most commonly grown grape in the Pays Nantais region of the Loire.
Grape growers were attracted by the grape's resistance to frost and its suitability for distillation. It is a naturally high yielding varietal that performs best on schist and granitic soils.
Recently I tasted the following selection of character wines from the De Bortoli Family - crafted to be an ideal pairing with; bbq’d or roasted white and red meats, tapas’, pasta, and vegetarian cuisine. Here are a few brief words to describe my first impressions and the essence of each wine. All are ready to be shared and enjoyed over the summer months.
Yarra Valley ‘Villages’ Chardonnay 2014 + ‘Villages’ Pinot Noir 2016.
Yarra Valley ‘Estate Grown’ Pinot Noir 2014 + ‘Estate Grown’ Shiraz 2013.
De Bortoli Yarra Valley ‘Estate Grown’ Chardonnay 2014.
Wine always tastes better when served from the right glass and at the ideal temperature.
Growing Region: Coteaux Varois en Provence, France
Chief Winemaker: Jean Louis Bavay
I have had the pleasure to be involved with Château Routas for over a decade now. Château Routas is situated at the center of the Coteaux Varois en Provence, about an hour drive north of Bandol. Varois is gaining recognition as a serious wine region through the efforts of quality focused wineries like Château Routas. The sustainable wine-growing estate has 260 hectares encompassing vineyards, wheat fields, olive trees.
Grolleau or Grolleau Noir is a red wine grape varietal grown primarily in the Loire Valley - France. The name is derived from the old French word ‘grolle’, meaning ‘crow’ and said to reflect the deep black berries and leaves of the vine which resemble that of a crows feathers. The grape is most commonly used to produce rosé wine, particularly in the Anjou region. Though Grolleau can make low-alcohol red wines which are very juicy and food friendly.
In the Anjou appellation, for red wines - Grolleau Noir has a maximum permitted amount of 10%. This is the reason why several produces make wines classified as ‘Vin de France’, because they use 100% Grolleau and hence do not meet the rules of the appellation. The first documented plantings of Grolleau occurred in 'Charente' in the early 19th century.