CHÅTEAU de PEYSSONNIE
Vin Doux Naturel
MUSCAT de FRONTIGNAN, FRANCE
Château de Peyssonnie is a sweet wine from a special area in the South of France that specializes in stickies. It is a type of vine called Vin Doux Naturel, [van doo nah-tew-REHL] "naturally sweet wine."
A sweet, fortified wine made from grapes that are high in natural sugar, whose fermentation is stopped by the addition of a neutral alcohol of no more than 10 percent of the volume.
Muscat de Frontignan, a town on the Mediterranean coast, has long been famous for its high-quality Muscat wines, which were popular with such diverse figures as the French philosopher Voltaire and US President Thomas Jefferson.
The Muscat de Frontignan vineyards are only a few hundred feet from the beaches of France's south coast and the climate is Mediterranean. Most Muscat varieties require a hot climate to ripen, so the high summer temperatures here are ideal.
Appearance: Deep gold
Aroma: Delicate nose of white flowers, honey and pear.
Taste: Full and sweet with a harmonious balance thanks to its citrus notes.
Aging Potential: 10+ years
Varietal: 100% Muscat Petits Grains
Dish: The versatility of such a wine is often little know. Chilled, it can be a favorite aperitif. It pairs very elegantly with several dishes. It is beautiful with a foie gras, mi-cuit terrine or poelé. After a meal it is excellent with blue cheese, and of course as an accompaniment to desserts.
Cheese: Blue cheese...creamy Bleu d’Auvergne, Roquefort
Temperature: 7 - 9ºC