A taste of the sweet life

Minervois Harvest Begins with Muscat


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.










 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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