Muscadet? Musact? Melon de Bourgonge? In the Loire?
French labels can be a mind field at the best of times, but this string I always found especially confusing. Here’s the top jargon to look out for with these wines.
Muscadet: a dry white wine produced in the Loire Valley. It has three typical sub appellations: Sèvre et Maine, Coteaux de la Loire, and Côtes de Grandlieu.
Sur lie: adds additional appellation requirements. The wine must come from one of the three main sub appellations; it must have spent the winter on the lees; it cannot be bottled before the third weekend in March; finally, the lees cannot be filtered or racked. An unfiltered wine by appellation control, I believe is rare!
Melon de Bourgogne: a grape, which once came from Burgundy but was destroyed there in the 18th century. Grown in America too, it is most famous in Muscadet, where it is often referenced simply as ‘melon.’
Muscat: a separate grape, which rarely for wine actually tastes a bit of grapes. It’s called moscatel in Spain and moscato in Italy (note moscato d'asti), where it’s not most popularly recognised as a slightly fizzy sweet wine.