Domain de Fontavin: Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, vintage 96′

The color is beautiful and a muscat can be paired simply; here I pair it with an apple.

The color is beautiful and a muscat can be paired simply; here I pair it with an apple.

Yesterday, a colleague of mine presented a vintage bottle of Muscat to me. She held the bottle up to the light and said, by the coloration, and some vagary, that it was most likely spoiled and turned to vinegar. She was about to toss it and my heart twisted a bit and Well, as a gourmand, I told her, don’t throw it, give it  here. I’d be happy to find a suitable end for this bottle.  (And of which to share-for what is solitary pleasure when compared to one that can be relished and magnified by the company of friends and fellow gourmands?)

Well, lo and behold this sweet dessert wine was a hands-down winner.

I paired her with a simple Gala apple. The sweetness was intense but not so overpowering as found in some lesser Muscats. Personally, I don’t usually drink these sweet wines but this, mon ami, this was perfect. When one dipped a nose into the glass, swirled its ambered honey contents, one could pick out beautiful fruit flavored notes; Figs, apricots, raisins were all mixed in the aroma. If you were to sip the contents, rest its liquid onto the palette you’d find the same flavors that were picked up by the nose but this time, you taste a bit of pleasant heat from the alcohol and honey. I was talking to my partner in crime whilst tasting and he said that it certainly had some qualities akin to a sherry.

A delicate and surprising Muscat of good vintage.

A delicate and surprising Muscat of good vintage.

 

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