All wine beginners find Muscat irresistible due to its charming floral note, especially note of roses. Nearly all wine country grows this varietal. For gracious and complex , you may have it from Rhone , Muscat de Baumes de Venise. For bright and lively, you may find it in Moscato D’Asti from Piedmont , Italy. And most of the time, they are made sweet.
I have recently encountered an amazing cold region Alsatian Muscat. It was like fully ripen fruits , nearly raisins on the nose with elegant white rose petals mingled with white tea and jasmine. I thought that it is a refreshing sweet wine, it happened to be a very dry white when I sipped it; permeated with subtle notes of Longnan and Lychee. It was so elegant and sophisticated, chewy with intriguing evolutions in the glass. It was so much full of surprise that I seldom come across an elaboration of Muscat this way.
Hey wine maniacs, why not a horizontal tasting?
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Italian Beauty 義國佳人
Montalbera Moscato D’Asti San Carlo 2015
Luca Maroni 90/99
Typical intensity of Muscat varieties with notes of sage and orange blossom.
Rhone Creature 隆尼尤物
Xavier Muscat de Beaume de Venise 2014
Robert Parker 89
It gives up full-flavored, decadent notes of honeyed pineapples, apricot and white flowers to go with a pure, rich, unctuous, yet lively feel on the palate. It’s a shame these wines don’t get more play in the market today, as they’re incredibly unique and versatile on the table as well (with cheese, starter/appetizers or any number of fruit desserts).
Alsatian Goddess 阿爾薩斯女神
Laurent Bannwarth Muscat Nature 2014
HKD 398 ( Annual production 1200 bottles)
A very aromatic dry wine to spring nose.