The fruit is fully hand harvested and sorted before 100% de-stemming with maceration on skins for 10 hours at 3°C before pressing. The wine is then fermented at low temperatures before the addition of grape spirit for a light fortification bringing the must to exactly 15%, retaining natural grape sugars which are kept as close to the lowest limit of 110 g/litre of sugar. The wine is then racked off and stabilized before being left on fine lees for a further 2 months prior to bottling.
The Muscat from La Pigeade is characterized by its freshness and finesse and is to be found in many of the leading restaurants of the Rhone Valley. It is an ideal aperitif and also goes well with many desserts, especially ones with chocolate, or a fruit salad, or strawberries where some is also poured over the fruit. It is also a perfect companion for many blue cheeses.
“check yellow robe, hints of pear. The nose has a Muscat grapiness, with apricot and pear syrup, glazed brown sugar airs. It’s a sturdy start. The palate is rich, holds concerted content, a ripe second half. This has presence in the glass, is muscular, solid, upstanding, and will go well à table with poultry, fruit desserts, cakes. There’s a good flash of apricot juice flavouring on the finish, which prolongs well, invites another sip. 15°. 70,000 b. 2029-30 Mar 2018” John Livingstone-Learmonth - Drinkrhone.com