Ask Sid: What is lanolin?

November 10th, 2016
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Ask Sid: What is lanolin?

Question: What wines are likely to have a smell of lanolin?

Answer: That wine term brings back old memories. The Oxford Dictionary defines lanolin as “a fat found naturally on sheep’s wool”. You don’t hear or read about it being used much lately. It was a favourite wine expression of Michael Broadbent in his early Wine Tasting books by Christie Wine Publications back in the late sixties. He often used it to describe this as the aroma of the Semillon grape in Bordeaux and the Chenin Blanc of Coteaux du Layon in the Anjou of the Loire. Interesting that both grapes deepen with a rich honeyed texture with some bottle age.


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November 10th, 2016

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