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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Mireval is the large village that gives its name to Muscat de Mireval, the sweet golden vin doux naturel appellation that adjoins and is somewhat overshadowed by frontignan to the west of it. Production, from about 260 ha/640 acres of Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, has been almost exclusively in the hands of the co-operative, called La Cave de Rabelais in honour of the only well-known writer to have mentioned it. The wine is virtually indistinguishable from Frontignan and to those who live outside Mireval there seems little justification for Muscat de Mireval’s independent existence, although soils here may be a little more calcareous than those of Frontignan.