The neglected third grape of white Bergerac (as also in Bordeaux), after Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, is Muscadelle. It forms the impressive base for this wine. It has a rich character, heavily spiced with wood, nutmeg, perfumed with violets and lemon verbena. This serious, impressive wine is for aging, the toast character still dominant.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.