Often written plain Semillon in non- francophone countries, a Golden grape variety from south west France , is one of the unsung héroes of the white wine production. Blended with its traditional partner Sauvignon Blanc, to which it seems to be closely related (Underripe semillon can taste remarkably like Sauvignon Blanc). This Golden-, sometime copper berried vine variety is the key ingredient in Sauterne. As a vine, Semillon is easy to cultivate. It is almost as vigorouse as Sauvignon Blanc with particulary deep Green leaves, but flowers slighthly later and is not particulary susceptible to coulure. Nor is it cvictime of disease, apart from rot , wich, in favourable conditions, is the blessed Noble Rot rather tan the destructive grey Rot.
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