WSET3 Palate Notes

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

Tastes Like: Citrus, Peach, Orange blossom

Muscadelle is an ancient grape variety with a rich history in winemaking, valued for its aromatic expression and versatility in wine styles.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Wines made from Muscadelle typically exhibit floral aromas such as orange blossom and honeysuckle, accompanied by citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit. On the palate, Muscadelle wines are known for their medium body, low acidity, and a notable presence of high tannins, which can vary depending on winemaking techniques.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Muscadelle grapes thrive in both cool and warm climates, although they tend to express more pronounced aromatics and flavors when grown in cooler regions. In cooler climates, the acidity in Muscadelle wines can be more vibrant, while warmer climates may yield wines with riper fruit notes and a softer acidity.

Appellations / Producers of Note

France: Muscadelle is prominently grown in the Bordeaux region of France, where it is used in the production of both dry and sweet wines. It plays a significant role in the production of Sauternes and other Bordeaux-style dessert wines.

Australia: In Australia, Muscadelle is known as Tokay or Rutherglen Muscat, particularly in the Rutherglen region of Victoria. Here, it is used in fortified wines and contributes to the famous Rutherglen Muscat style.


Muscadelle wines can age gracefully, particularly the fortified styles from Australia’s Rutherglen region. The oxidative aging process enhances their complexity, developing flavors of nuts, dried fruits, and caramel over time.

First Published: Wednesday, Apr 19, 2023 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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