Semillon’s discreet return

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Loved and forgotten, the Semillon has never given up anything of what made it useful, its glory. And today?

 

This varietal, which a century and a half ago was considered as capital and that covered, for example, more than 70% of the entire Gironde vineyard (three times more whites than reds were produced there at that time) and spread over nearly 30,000 hectares in France, has gone out of fashion. The improvement in winemaking techniques and, in particular, better control of fermentation temperatures and improved pressing, have favoured grape varieties that are more immediately aromatic, such as Sauvignon in the South-West or Viognier, Roussanne and Rolle-Vermentino even further South.

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