Friday, 9 April 2010

Languedoc Roussillon - Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois

Minervois owes its name to Minerva the Roman goddess of wisdom and has been known for producing fine wine since the Romans first settled there. The AOC Saint Jean de Minervois is located at the far north eastern corner of Minervois.

It is one of the few appellations where you can see exactly where the appellation begins and ends with the naked eye. The appellation consists of a very defined strip of bright white limestone giving it a lunar appearance. The Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains is the only grape variety permitted. Within the space of a few feet you can see the soil change dramatically from white limestone to red clay which denotes the boundary of the appellation. Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois is considered to be one of the finest Muscats.

1 comment:

lostpastremembered said...

I now have a list of muscats to search for... can't wait to try them!!