Les Vignobles Foncalieu
100% MUSCAT PETITS GRAINS
Ensédune Muscat Sec
At the edge of the Mediterranean sea, the Oppidum Romain d’Ensérune dominates the terroir of the Ensédune wines. It is characterized by one of the warmest and dryest climates of France located at the west of Béziers. Proud of a thousand-year-old tradition, the Ensérune winegrowers were keen to develop their vineyards by acclimatizing grape varieties from various horizons. Created by teamwork, the Ensédune range is the product of generations of collaboration by winegrowers and presents unusual grape varieties for monovarietal wines.
An explosive nose dominated by bergamot and lemon, lime, floral, and citrus notes, with a hint of spiciness and vanilla in the finish. Fresh, elegant, and delicious on the palate. Complex and diverse finish of candied citrus fruits, peony, eucalyptus, and lilac.
Remarkably drought-resistant. Loves soils containing shards of limestone and arid hillside sites. Found mainly to the south of the VPE area (Puisserguier, Nissan).
Muscat Petits Grains is a late-maturing verity that we harvest before it is fully ripe to give it more of a citrus fruit profile rather than the standard muscat aromas.
The grapes are harvested slightly under-ripe for a significant increase in aromatic thiolated precursors (citrus and exotic fruits, etc). Pneumatic pressing, followed by the optimized extraction of these precursors by maceration with must in a reducing atmosphere for 5 to 6 days to prevent any oxidation of the must. Cold settling of must and alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a moderate temperature and good turbidity. Matured for 4 months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks with weekly stirring of the lees.