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Muscat de Frontignan

The appellation is located in the southeast of the French wine region Languedoc on the Mediterranean coast. The AOC closes east of it Muscat de Mireval on and a little further northeast of it is the AOC Muscat de Lunel (both with similar wine). The White sweet wine was the first of the four in 1936 Vin doux naturel classified as AOC. It belongs to the second quality category "Grands Vins du Languedoc". The vineyards cover around 800 hectares of vines on strong containing iron oxide and thereby red colored clay soils, which are interspersed with limestone. They extend across the municipalities of Frontignan and Vic-la-Gardiole in the department Hérault,

It is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in France. Already Pliny the Younger (61-113) emphasized the "bee wine" in his letters, which are important in terms of cultural history. A sweet wine must have been produced even then, but as the inventor of the Vin doux naturel applies the famous doctor Arnaldus de Villanova (1240-1311). According to his own statement, he felt many years younger through daily enjoyment. From the 17th to the 18th centuries, wine was very popular in Paris and London. The English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) praised the "Frontiniac" in 1676. Back then, this was with the Constantia (South Africa) compared. Other lovers were Voltaire (1694-1778) and the later US President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). The locals love to tell the story of the visit to the Marquise de Lur-Saluces in Frontignan in 1700. It is said that he was inspired here by enjoying the wine on his Château d'Yquem also produce sweet wine.

Muscat de Frontignan is considered the best of the four VDN appellations in Languedoc. Only the grape variety is allowed for all Muscat Blanc (here as well as the wine also known as Muscat de Frontignan). The wine must be at least 125 g / l residual sugar and 15% vol alcohol content exhibit. There is also a Vin de liqueur where the alcohol is already before the fermentation is added. It is filled into a special bottle created in 1904 with a “twisted” bottle neck. Well-known producers are Cave Favier-Bel, Domaine du Mas Rouge, CV du Muscat de Frontignan, Château de la Peyrade and Château de Stony. The other three are VDN appellations Muscat de Lunel. Muscat de Mireval and Muscat de Saint-Jean de Minervois, In the adjoining wine-growing region to the east Roussillon there are the VDN appellations Banyuls. Maury. Muscat de Rivesaltes and Rivesaltes,

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