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Christopher Piper Wines
1 Silver Street, Ottery St Mary EX11 1DB, Devon

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Semillon

A very important white grape variety blended in greater or lesser proportions to make the great dry and sweet wines of Bordeaux. On its own it also produces good full-bodied dry whites in Australia - particularly the Hunter Valley.

Characteristics: When unblended this variety can tend towards fatness and relative dullness. Examples from the Margaret River and Hunter Valley areas of Australia where the wines may have seen some oak-ageing can, after a couple of years, provide a full-bodied more subtly flavoured alternative to the hefty, buttery weight of a Chardonnay. These days it is often blended with its more show-off cousin Chardonnay as it adds a sort of canvas upon which Chardonnay can express itself more subtly. In the great dry whites of Bordeaux it brings weight and roundness when combined with the aromatic Sauvignon enabling the wines to achieve considerable complexity with age. It must surely be in the great sweet Sauternes and Barsac wines that it achieves its greatest platform. Semiilon is prone to developing botrytis cinerea or noble rot without which it would not be possible to produce the world's greatest, most long-lives sweet wines.

Where is it found? Bordeaux, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa.

Wines associated: Sauternes, Hunter Valley, Margaret River

Food matches: Fish, Chicken, Pork, Asian Food

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La Gitana Manzanilla, Bodegas Hidalgo
La Gitana Manzanilla, Bodegas Hidalgo
“La Gitana” is an absolutely classic example of this unique wine; it is beautifully balanced, fresh and delicate with a “touche” of sea-saltiness and a pure, nutty-fruit zestiness.

La Gitana
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Vacqueyras Cuvée Doucinello 2011
Vacqueyras Cuve Doucinello 2011
Recently, Robert Parker put Serge’s wines in to the superstar category but, typical of the man, he has maintained our allocation just as it was before, despite phenomenal demand from the USA.

Vacqueyras Cuvée Doucinello
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