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Minervois Harvest Begins with Muscat

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table-grapes-colorsMuscat grapes are being harvested by machine in the Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon region as I write.

Pressing, by hand, is a favorite method for the local wine-artist as he prefers to use his muscat grapes in a dry version of the tradtionally sweet, apertif bottles.

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 The fresh, very sweet grape juice is pressed into large fiberglass barrels, then the temperature is dropped to slow down the fermentation process to create a mono-cepage white wine that is smooth & dry. Tasting will begin in the next few months - a la tiens!

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