The Christmas Muscat of Saint-Jean-de-Minervois was created in 2007 and was then recognized as AOC Muscat de Saint-Jean-de-Minervois supplemented by the mention of Christmas Muscat, in 2011. This mention concerns the only municipality of Saint -Jean-de-Minervois in the Hérault department.
The territory of the municipality of Saint-Jean-de-Minervois is exposed to the south with an altitude of up to 270 m, on an area of limestone plateaus. The landscapes are remarkable, generations of farmers have transformed them, creating a setting for the cultivation of vines. The Muscat à Petits Grains grape variety enjoys a combination of a temperate Mediterranean climate and a beautiful freshness carried by the altitude. These conditions allow good maturity of the grapes and promote the aromatic potential of the berries, all in a perfect balance between power and freshness. Made from Muscat à Petits Grains, Christmas Muscat is obtained by mutage with neutral alcohol of vinous origin in the fermentation must. The Christmas Muscat thus retains the sweetness of the fruit and a delicate freshness.
The small-grained white Muscat, a grape variety typical of the region, brings freshness and aromatic complexity. Its youth gives it a pale yellow color with green reflections. On the nose we perceive aromas of citrus fruits on the clementine and slightly acidulous with notes of lemongrass and passion fruit. On the palate, the attack is frank with good acidity. Citrus and passion fruit give way to an aromatic, fruity and fresh finish, a real invitation to pleasure. The wine is balanced, delicately scented with a nice freshness.
Christmas Muscat with its fruity, delicate and fresh aromas is a perfect ally to punctuate a meal. Classically associated with foie gras as an aperitif, it can be used as a refreshing cocktail in the middle of a meal and remains the ideal companion for a marbled cheese to which it will bring its tempering roundness.
Muscat de Saint-Jean-de-Minervois is available online at La Cave Le Muscat at a price of € 9.90 per bottle.
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