Muscat of Alexandria

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Muscat of Alexandria is a Muscat almost as ancient as muscat blanc à petits grains, and also has dozens of synonyms, but its wine is usually distinctly inferior. In hot climates it can thrive and produce a good yield of extremely ripe grapes but their chief attribute is sweetness. (In cooler climates, its output can be seriously affected by coulure, millerandage, and a range of fungal diseases.) Wines made from this sort of Muscat tend to be strong, sweet, and unsubtle. The aroma is vaguely grapey but can have slightly feline overtones of geranium rather than the more lingering bouquet of Muscat Blanc.