Alsace Muscat is distinguished from the sweet Muscats of the South of France by its dry character. Extremely aromatic, it expresses wonderful flavours of fresh fruit.
Two varieties of Muscat are cultivated in Alsace. Muscat “à petits grains" or “Muscat d’Alsace” appeared in Alsace at the beginning of the 16th Century (it is cited by the great Alsace poet Fischart). The Muscat Ottonel varietal appeared in Alsace in the middle of the 19th Century.
The wine is clear yellow in colour with light silvery glints.
This is the best example of a wine with primary aromas. The olfactory intensity is distinctively grapey. This fruit intensity is sometimes accompanied by subtle floral notes.
Vinified dry, it feels exactly like biting into a grape. The freshness and hint of refined bitterness contribute to the spontaneity and harmony of the wine.
This is a wine to be enjoyed young. With its dry character, Alsace Muscat is perfect for whetting the appetite. It is served as an aperitif at some the finest restaurants in Alsace. Unlike many wines, Muscat is an excellent pairing for asparagus. It brings out the best in light, vegetable-based dishes, both cooked and raw.
Muscat "à petits grains" or "Alsace Muscat"
Orbicular, thick, with five medium lobes.
Medium, cylindrical, long and narrow. Medium, spherical berries, with an amber-yellow colour, thick skin covered with rust-coloured flecks at full maturity. Firm flesh, juicy and very sweet, with an aromatic, slightly musky flavour.
Small to medium, orbicular, medium serrated edges.
Small to medium, cylindrical with medium-sized, spherical berries, clear yellow with a delicately musky flavour.
Muscat should ideally be planted on well-exposed slopes. White Muscat “a petits grains” or Alsace Muscat is well-adapted to calcareous soils. Muscat Ottonel is an early varietal, with low acidity and elegant aromas. This varietal is very sensitive to climatic hazards (coulure or loss of flowers during budburst), which explains its rarity and irregular production. Muscat ottonel is well-adapted to clay and limestone soils. It is generally the harmonious blend of these two grapes that lends such delicate and persistent flavours to the wines.