Trying to understand the different genetic offshoots of the Muscat family can be something of a headache, but the aristocrat of the dynasty, and still the most commonly used form of the grape, is the pleasant and fruity Muscat Blanc.
One of the main white grapes of Alsace, it tends to make wines that are best drunk young, full of refreshing citrus zing. The most commonly used tasting note for them is 'grapey,' though the wines also carry pleasant flavors of peach, lemons, nectarines.
The grape is also used to produce Italy's off-dry sparkling wine, Moscato d'Asti, the rare Rutherglen Muscat, and some Vins Doux Naturel, the fortified speciality of Southern France.
Light body, intense flavors of grape, peach and citrus fruit
Wines to Try
Perla del Mar, Trimbach, Bullers Caliope
Alsace, Southern France, Valencia, Asti, Finger Lakes, Rutherglen
Moscato Bianco, Moscatel, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Muskateller, Sárgamuskotály, Yellow Muscat, Moscatel de Alexandria
- Muscat is one of the noble varieties of Alsace, along with Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris.
- Other common varieties include Black Muscat and Moscatel de Setúbal, used in dessert wines like the fantastic Casa Ermelinda.