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Grape varieties : Muscat d’Alexandrie 70%, Muscat Petits Grains 30%

The soil : The 35 year­s old Muscat vines are planted on the vineyard called “S’Arena” which means “sand” in Catalan. Here again the structure of the soil changes as you go down a few meters ; red sandy clay gives way to sandy “lunes” and deep clayey soils.

Wine making : The grapes are hand­picked and taken to the winery in crates. The bunches of Muscat Petits Grains grapes are pressed immediately whereas the Muscat d’Alexandrie grapes undergo a skin contact maceration. The temperatures of fermentation are maintained between 18 and 20°C to avoid amyl derivatives.

Residual sugar : 98 g/l.

Remarks : The roundness and typical aroma of the Muscat d’Alexandrie grapes form a background to the more floral and fruity notes of the Muscat Petits Grains grapes.

Gastronomy : This choice dessert wine goes wonderfully with most pastry dishes but can also be appreciated with blue cheese.