Vine varieties: Muscat

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Two varieties of Muscat are found in Alsace: muscat blanc à petits grains, known as Muscat d’Alsace, and Muscat Ottonel. Most wines are a blend of the two. Alsace Muscat is always dry, and has a fresh grapey aroma and flavour. The taste should be reminiscent of biting into a fresh grape, with young, crisp fruitiness. Muscat is low in alcohol, and quite low in acidity. Because of its sensitivity to poor weather at flowering, yields can vary considerably from year to year.