Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Muscat 2017
Alsace is the only French region to vinify Muscat in a dry style. In fact, this wine is a blend of two types of Muscat vines - 'Alsace Muscat' and 'Muscat Ottonel'. The bouquet is typically 'Muscat', but not overwhelmingly so; the rich palate has spicy notes and it's a good partner for that tricky ingredient, asparagus.
This clear, fresh Alsace Muscat from Léon Beyer is ideal as an aperitif, but would also accompany marinated salmon, fish pâtés or stuffed crab. It should be served cool, at around 10 degrees C.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Muscat|
|Food & Wine Matching||Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 2020 to 2024.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes are pressed and allowed to ferment with indigenous yeasts in large oak barrels. Racking takes place prior to winter and the wine is bottled in the Spring, then cellared until the optimum release date.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12|
Situated just outside the impressive medieval town of Eguisheim, the Beyer family have produced wine in these parts since 1580. The firm was formally founded in 1870 by Emile Beyer who was succeeded by a son and grandson, both named Léon Beyer and both mayors of Eguisheim in their day.
With significant Grand Cru vine-holdings in the communes of Eichberg and Pfersigberg and 23 hectares in total, this domaine has always championed impressive, dry wines that complement the famous gastronomy of the region. These days this important Alsatian house is ably run by Léon II's charismatic son Marc and grandson Yann. 75% of their production is exported.
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