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Melon de Bourgogne

Melon de Bourgogne or Melon is a white grape variety grown mainly in the Loire Valley region of France.

As its name suggests, the grape originated in Burgundy and was grown there until its destruction in the early 18th century. However, in the vineyards around Nantes and on the western Loire, the severe winter of 1709 destroyed so many vines that a new variety was needed, and the Melon grape was introduced. Since then, it has been used exclusively for the production of the light, dry white wine Muscadet, which is made entirely from the Melon grape. The grape is so closely associated with its appellation that the grape itself is often referred to as Muscadet.