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Sémillon

Sémillon is a white grape variety and widely grown in several countries across the globe. It is most famous for its botrytized sweet wines often in an assemblage with other grapes.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

The Sémillon grape has a yellow-green colour, with an aroma profile that has been described as exotic aromatic with notes of nutmeg and broom. Its taste is typically described as smooth, with a creamy texture, ripe fruits and a slight hint of lemon and medium to high acidity.

Fresh Sémillon grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Sémillon is grown primarily in France, where it is used in the production of some of the most famous wines such as Bordeaux and Sauternes. It is also grown in Australia and the United States, where it is used to produce dry white wines. Sémillon is a relatively low-yielding variety, and it is sensitive to powdery mildew and botrytis. The grapes can have a high sugar content and they are typically picked late in the season. The dry wines produced from Sémillon grapes tends to be fresh with a good portion of acidity. In Australia, Sémillon is often bottled as a single grape varietal wine, especially in the Hunter Valley. These wines tend to be low in alcohol and can be bottle aged for up to 5 years, giving it distinct nutty flavours and aromas. In France, Sémillon is mostly blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle to produce sweet wines, such as Sauternes. Sémillon pairs well with a variety of foods, from fish and seafood to salads and soft cheeses. Its creamy texture and delicate fruit flavours make it a good match for lightly spiced dishes.

Foods to pair with Sémillon:

Asian food
Pasta
Pizza
Curry
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Sémillon
France grows more Sémillon than any other country and recently a colour mutation called red Sémillon has been observed in South Africa.

Top Wines with Sémillon

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Conundrum White Blend

Conundrum

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Conundrum White Blend is a light and lively white blend from California. This vibrant and refreshing wine features a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon and Viognier. The nose is bursting with aromas of honeydew melon, ripe pear and white peach, with subtle notes of citrus blossom and white flowers. The palate is bright and crisp, with flavors of pineapple, lemon zest and green apple, backed by a touch of minerality. The wine finishes smooth and clean, with a hint of spice and a lingering finish. Enjoy this delightful white blend with a variety of meals, from grilled seafood to creamy pasta dishes.
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vegetables
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Château Guiraud Le G de Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec

Château Guiraud

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Château Guiraud Le G de Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec is a delightful white wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the esteemed Bordeaux appellation, this wine is crafted from carefully selected grapes grown in the vineyards of Château Guiraud. The vineyard features a unique terroir, with its sandy and gravelly soils lending distinct characteristics to the wine. The winemaking process involves meticulous attention to detail, resulting in a wine that beautifully balances freshness and complexity. With its vibrant flavors and crisp acidity, this Bordeaux Blanc Sec offers a delightful drinking experience, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a high-quality white wine.
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grilled vegetables
salads
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apples
appetizers
grilled chicken
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Château Suduiraut Sauternes (Premier Grand Cru Classé)

Château Suduiraut

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Château Suduiraut Sauternes is a prestigious Premier Grand Cru Classé wine from the Sauternes appellation in Bordeaux, France. This exquisite wine is crafted from grapes grown in the vineyards of Château Suduiraut, which benefit from a unique microclimate and terroir. The winemaking process involves carefully selecting and hand-harvesting botrytized grapes, which are then gently pressed to extract their concentrated flavors. The resulting wine is known for its luscious sweetness, balanced by vibrant acidity, and complex aromas of honey, apricot, and exotic spices. Château Suduiraut Sauternes is a true masterpiece, offering a luxurious and unforgettable tasting experience.
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sweet dishes
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Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut

Calvet

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Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut is a delightful sparkling wine that showcases the expertise of Bordeaux winemaking. Crafted in the renowned Bordeaux appellation, this wine is made using traditional methods to ensure exceptional quality. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's unique terroir, characterized by well-drained soils and a temperate climate. The winemaking process involves a careful selection of grapes, followed by a gentle pressing to extract the finest juice. The resulting wine is elegant and crisp, with lively bubbles and a refreshing acidity. Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut is the perfect choice for those seeking a sophisticated sparkling wine experience.
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La Linda Extra Brut

La Linda

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La Linda Extra Brut is an exquisite sparkling wine produced by Luigi Bosca, a prestigious winery with a rich history dating back to 1901, located in Mendoza, Argentina. This winery is renowned for its commitment to quality and innovation, and La Linda Extra Brut is a shining example of their craftsmanship. Crafted from a blend of traditional sparkling wine grapes, including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this wine is made using the método tradicional, or traditional method, which is the same technique used in the production of Champagne. This method involves a secondary fermentation in the bottle, which is responsible for the wine's fine bubbles and depth of flavor. The grapes are sourced from the winery's meticulously maintained vineyards, which are situated at high altitudes in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. This unique terroir contributes to the grapes' concentrated flavors and high acidity, making them ideal for sparkling wine production.
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grilled fish
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