Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Languedoc Roussillon - Muscat de Frontignan

The vineyards of Muscat de Frontignan are located between the Vic La Gardiole lagoon and the Thau lagoon close to the community of Frontignan. The soil is argilo-calcareous with sand nearer the Mediterranean. The twisted bottle has become a symbol of this appellation.

Muscat de Frontigan is made with the Muscat de Frontigan grape (also known as Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains). It's said that Muscat de Frontigan graced the tables of royalty back in the 12th century when Marie of Montpellier married Peter II of Aragon. Their son, Jacques I, was very interested in his vineyard Frontignan and he liked to be present at the time of harvest. The wine was extremely popular in Paris and London in the 17th and 18th centuries. The English philosopher John Locke praised the “Frontiniac” in 1676 and other enthusiastic fans included Voltaire and the president of the USA, Thomas Jefferson.

The locals like to recount the story of the visit by the Marquis de Lur-Saluces in Frontignan in 1700. It is claimed that it was here he was given the inspiration to also produce sweet wines on his estate Château d´Yquem!

The local cooperative website is here.

3 comments:

Pam said...

Great bottle and I bet the wine is smooth and delicious. Thanks for the info!

lostpastremembered said...

I am always interested in trying great old things.. this has one heck of a pedigree!! Now to find it in the US!!!
Thanks for another great post!

Sue said...

There are a number of muscats from this area and I thought I would do a little bit on all of them as they arehard to find ourside France. I know what to look for when I next visit now!