Rockford Semillon 2003:
Appearance: Pronounced golden hues.
Nose: Strong intensity of lemon, spices, oak and vanilla.
Palate/ Flavour: Medium acidity. Taste of lemon and mineral with a slight touch of dried sugarcane and ends with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Hints of smokiness detected. Alcohol level is only 11.5% abv.
Comments: I thought this was quite drinkable for a nicely aged semillon though my dinner companion thought otherwise. Not much life left in it and should be consumed as soon as possible – fading fast. Paired this with a pork goulash with couscous.
William Fevre Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons 2006, Chablis, France:
Appearance: Bright yellow, lightly golden core with a pale rim.
Nose: Muted at first but opened up after awhile with medium aromas of lemon, ripe apples and minerals.
Palate/ Flavour: Medium (+) acidity with a creamy texture on the tongue. Lemony and flinty (soft) with strong notes of ripe citrus fruits and minerals. A subtle touch of oak and honey detected on the palate as well but not persistent in the finish.
Comments: I should have had more patience with this bottle – still far too young for it to shine.