|2014 Melon de Bourgogne|
In 2004, Perennial Vintners took a huge gamble by planting the first Melon de Bourgogne grape vineyard in WA state. We felt that the growing area of this grape in France (near Nantes) was sufficiently similar to the cool climate Puget Sound AVA that it would do well here. From the 2008 harvest on, we have proven the gamble was worthwhile. This year we've produced 187 cases.
The vineyard being in the Puget Sound American Viticultural Area (AVA) means we get all the benefits of the maritime-influenced cool climate growing area as well as the extended length days of our more northerly latitude. What all this leads to is the most fragrant and aromatic wines imaginable.
2014 was by far the warmest growing year in the Puget Sound area,
(though it was surpassed in 2015), thus we brought in the harvest
with good sugars, perfect pH and TA numbers and lovely citrusy
flavors. As it was a warm year, it is a touch lighter than the
previous vintages. It is a dry white wine, and is renowned across
Europe (where it's known as Muscadet, pronounced moose-ka-day) as
the wine for pairing with any seafood. This wine was not
intended to be