Thursday 21st November 2013
DEGUSTATION DU MUSCAT DE NOEL
To get you into that Christmas spirit, the cavistes of Saint-Cyprien invite you to a tasting of the Christmas Muscat against a background of gypsy music on Thursday 21st Novmeber from 18 h to 20 h, place Desnoyer.
At 2 € per person for purchase of a glass, it wont break the bank, and will give you the chance to taste the different muscat from stand to stand, accompanied by local produce, cheese tourons and other Christmassy Catalan produce.
In the fourteenth century, the first Muscat of the year was traditionally served at the table of the Royal Court in Barcelona, during Nativity celebrations.
Over the centuries, only the growers and their families continued to enjoy their first year of Muscat, on this occasion.
In 1997, a handful of passionate winemakers, proud of the quality of their first Muscat, decided it was time to show it to as many people as possible, and revive the tradition, and “Muscat de Noêl” was born.
Used only for A.O.C. Muscat de Rivesaltes until 2005, the name was opened to all Muscats VDN (Vins Doux Naturels or Fortified wines) in the Languedoc-Roussillon in 2006.
Usually enjoyed during the first days of December, a good Muscat de Noel can be distinguished by the freshness and the flavour of newly picked grapes, citrus, tropical fruit, white peach, lychee, orange blossom and fresh mint.
It is known to go particularly well with foie gras, white meats, fish and should be drunk at a temperature of 8° to 10° for the best flavour.