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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Saussignac, very small (25 ha in 2012) sweet white wine appellation in south west france. It lies within the bergerac district to the west of Monbazillac and produces sweet white wines, from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and some particularly successful Muscadelle grapes. Since the mid 1990s, the appellation has become an enclave of great sweet winemaking, led by Clos d’Yvigne and Domaine de Richard. In 2004, appellation laws were strengthened to insist on manual picking and completely natural sweetness, generally due to botrytis.