Muscat de Frontignan grapes
Muscat de Frontignan grape variety is considered as one of the oldest grape varieties that are known to the world. Also, it is one of the members of the Muscat family.
There is also a record of the export of this white wine grape variety from the French port of Frontignan during the rule of the Charlemagne, which has been noted into the existence over 1100 years ago in the history of France.
If we take into consideration the name of this grape, it clearly suggests that the wines of this grape are also made from a number of varieties of Muscat grapes. Some of these grapes include the varieties such as Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains.
What is Muscat de Frontignan?
The region from which this grape variety hails has been popular for the preparation of Muscat wines that are very much high in terms of their quality.
These wines also became very famous with various diverse figures of the society, namely, Voltaire, a French philosopher as well as the then US President, Thomas Jefferson.
The name of this wine has also been mentioned in the Thomas Shadwell’s comedy series of 1680, known by the name of The Woman Captain. Thus, it clearly gives an indication about the widespread popularity of this white wine grape during the ancient period.
Despite the grand history entertained by this white wine grape variety, this grape variety nearly slumped as to its popularity.
The people now prefer drinking lighter wines with sweet styles like the Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise over the wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety.
The plantation as well as distribution of Muscat de Frontignan white wine grape variety spreads to a number of areas, although this plantation is done in very meagre quantities.
The vines of Muscat de Frontignan white wine grape variety spread across the regions such as Greece, Hungary, Mediterranean France, Spain, South Africa, Argentina, Italy, United States of America, most notably California, as well as Australia.
The vineyards of this white wine grape variety are located only a few hundred feet from the beaches of the south coast of France They do well in the Mediterranean climate.
Most of the grape varieties of this grape demand a very hot climate to ripen and hence the high summer temperatures are considered as ideal for the growth of this grape variety. The production of this white wine grape variety is dominated by a small number of co-operatives.
Origin of the Muscat de Frontignan grapes
The origin of this white wine grape variety is considered to be very ancient. This grape variety is said to be originated in the region of ancient Greece.
After its origin in Greece, it was believed to be expanded in the form of cultivation in the areas of France and Italy during the Roman times.
Characteristics of the Muscat de Frontignan Wines
Unlike most of the grape varieties, the wines of this white wine grape variety taste like grapes. This grape variety is usually blended with other fruity grape varieties such as Clairette de Die in the southeastern France.
Along with this, the grape variety is also blended with other grape varieties, namely Frontignac of the Barossa Valley of the Southern Australia. The results so produced are very tasteful wines that are fully flavoured and in a drier form.
The Muscat de Frontignan grape variety develops a full potential during the time. The wines of Muscat de Frontignan grape also do well when they are blended with Muscat de Frontignan and the resulting wines so produced are lighter, fresher while some of them fall on a heavier side.
Food pairing with Muscat de Frontignan Wines
All the wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety taste the best when they are paired with the food items like Clams, Fired Squid as well as Mussels.
Muscat de Frontignan wines also do very well when they are paired with asparagus. The wines produced out of this grape variety are considered as tasteful with a number of food varieties on the table.
Editor-in-Chief and Wine Writer
Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂