Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains
37.5cl * Vegan, Biodynamic & Organic *11% ABV * Rhône, France
Guillaume Gonnet isn't your stereotypical Rhône winemaker - in fact he might be more at home in a wetsuit riding the surf in New Zealand as having a Gauloises down the tabac. Luckily for us Muscat lovers, he has put that sort of energy into running the family wine estate now he's back from his travels, Australian wife Kelly in tow, and advocates allowing his fruit to express itself freely through hands-off, biodynamic where possible, winemaking.
Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise is unique in the Rhône Valley. Planted on narrow terraces, known as "restanques" or "faysses", and supported by walls, the muscat vines have shaped the region's landscape. There's no oak treatment on this delicate wine and it greets you with a welcoming bouquet of white flowers, peach and exotic fruits, all of which follow on to the palate and of course there's a deliciously sweet finish.
Try it with spicy food, as well as a way to end a meal with cheeses.