“Melon” NOT! Rather short and in reference to the Melon de Bourgogne varietal, which better known as Muscadet (muss-kuh-day) and grown primarily along the coast of the Loire Valley southeast of Nantes where two rivers (Sèvre et Maine) empty into the Atlantic Ocean. Here the Muscadet produced is grown from decomposing granite, aged sur lie, resulting in an absolutely dry, citrusy, minerally white wine, the best known to age successfully for many years. Muscadet is considered a perfect pairing with shellfish, but in particular with fresh shuck oysters on the half shell.
Bow and Arrow’s version is very different. The 2017 is fresh and buoyant, light and crisp, but with a ripe little core of orchard fruitiness that will be welcome when served during the hot summer months. Minerality is not found here, and early drinkability is recommended. No oysters, but certainly enjoyable with scallops, fried fished/chips, chicken breast with grilled pear or peaches, or simply by itself.