Country It depends on which Muscat you are talking about as to where it is best grown. Alsace, Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon in France, Greece, South Africa - Constantia Australia, California all grow Muscat. Asti in Italy must also be remembered - a can be a high quality wine.
Style Muscat Blanc a Petite Grains (MB) : is medium acidity normally and sweet and often the more complex of all the muscats.Muscat of Alexandria (MA) is normally medium-low acidity and off dry or dry. Muscat Ottonel (MO) / Muscat Alexandria: normally medium acidity and dry or off-dry. All are fresh and fruity when young and unoaked.
Flavours to expect Grape and peach is an overall flavour to expect with floral notes apparent in some MB's ( rose and orange blossom). Oak produces dried fruit flavours, oxidation - toffee, caramel and coffee and excess skin contact has a bitter flavour.
Characteristics The wines are often sweet and/or fortified ( Vin doux naturel in the Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon regions) and those that see extended ageing may be dried before fermentation to concentrate their flavours of dried fruits.
Problems The grape itself is often prone to fungal diseases and also be attractive to insects ( which damage/eat it). If not oxidatively aged the wines fade and lose their fruitiness.
Points of Note It likes warm climates and needs to have low yields to extract the best from this grape.
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