The Melon de Bourgogne white grape variety is best known for its use in the production of Muscadet. This grape is grown primarily in the Loire Valley, producing a dry, light white wine. Originally from Burgundy as the name suggests, it has not been planted there since the 17th century, disregarded as of little interest.
Melon de Bourgogne is known for the Sur Lie ageing process used during winemaking. This consists of keeping the leftover sediment from fermentation (mainly yeast) during the ageing process. This leftover sediment creates natural sugars and amino acids and helps to unlock a higher complexity and body in the wine.