WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - High,
Tannin - Low,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Citrus, Green apple, Floral notes

Melon Blanc, also known as Melon de Bourgogne, is a white grape variety primarily associated with the Loire Valley in France, particularly famous for producing Muscadet wines.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Muscadet wines made from Melon Blanc typically offer crisp acidity, refreshing citrus notes, and a subtle mineral character. Aromas can include hints of green apple, pear, and sometimes a slight sea breeze saline quality.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: Melon Blanc retains higher acidity, resulting in wines that are more vibrant and zesty with pronounced citrus flavors.

Warm Climate: the grape can develop riper fruit notes and a richer texture, although maintaining its characteristic freshness.

Appellations / Producers of Note

France: Melon Blanc is most famously grown in the Muscadet region of the Loire Valley, particularly in the subregions of Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine and Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu.


Muscadet wines made from Melon Blanc are generally best consumed young to enjoy their vibrant acidity and fresh fruit flavors.

However, top-quality Muscadet wines labeled “sur lie” can develop additional complexity and age gracefully for a few years.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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