Papa Provençal Vin de France Cuvee V by James Muscat Sec 2015
Muscat a Petits Grains 100%
From sandy soils near sea between Avignon and Montpellier, combines classic honey and salty acidity, to make a unique style.
From very low lying sandy clay soils next to the Bassin de Maugio near Lunel near the Mediterranean sea, long used to produce sweet muscat wines, now increasingly used for making dry wines. Such vines receive cooling and humid sea breezes to balance the otherwise hot, dry Mediterranean climate and the table water is more notably saline here. The vines are around 40 years old. Grapes are harvested end August, beginning September.
Berries were lightly crushed into tank to macerate on their skins overnight before being gently pressed into stainless tank where the juice cold settled and clarified before fermentation at a relatively low 15C to get a nice balance of aroma and fruit without being too fruity. The wine is matured 6 months in stainless steel tank. The wine is bottled very lightly filtered.