Friday, 11 April 2008

Sumptuous Sémillon

Sémillon is an early ripening grape which is a rich yellow colour but can attain a pinkish amber hue in warmer climates. It's low in acidity and has a sweet, rich, full body that makes it a good blending partner with Sauvignon Blanc. It's soft and fruity with flavours of fig, lemon and pear. It is used as one of the 3 grapes to make White Bordeaux and gives flavours of quince, apricot, crystallised fruits and honey to the dessert wines of Sauternes.

The skin of the Sémillon grape is thin and it can suffer from sunburn but inside it is very juicy and it has the ability to age for a very long time when made into a wine.

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