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An unassuming but noble variety, Sémillon is capable of producing wines with considerable structure, depth, length, and potential to improve for several decades. It is the perfect partner to the vivdly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc; the two are most commonly found blended in their home region of Bordeaux. Sémillon especially shines in Sauternes, one of the world’s greatest sweet wines, with highly concentrated flavors of honey and dried apricots. While Sémillon is not hugely popular in the rest of the wine world, it enjoys great success in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it can produce elegant, complex dry wines with aging potential.

Tasting Notes for Sémillon

Sémillon makes a dry or sweet white wine with a smooth texture and significant palate weight. In youthful dry wines, it expresses subtle aromas of lemon, green apple, pear and stone fruit. Aged or sweet Sémillon wines show more complex characters of lanolin, beeswax, honeysuckle, ginger, saffron, vanilla or toast.

Perfect Food Pairings for Sémillon

Thanks to its moderate acidity, this fairly full-bodied wine can stand up to pretty boldly flavored food. Think lightly spiced Asian or Indian white meat or fish dishes, or anything with cinnamon, clove, or star anise. It’s also great with autumnal vegetables like kabocha squash, yam or potato. Botrytised Sémillon, as in Sauternes, is a perfectly decadent pairing with foie gras.

Sommelier Secrets for Sémillon

Sémillon was once the most common variety in South Africa—so common, in fact, that in 1822, when 93% of the country’s vineyard area was planted with it, it was simply referred to as Wyndruif, or “wine grape.”

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  • Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon 2011 Front Label
    Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon 2011
    Semillon from Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Brokenwood Hunter Valley Semillon 2011 Front Label
    Brokenwood Hunter Valley Semillon 2011
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  • Tyrrell's HVD Semillon 2011 Front Label
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  • First Creek Semillon 2011 Front Label
    First Creek Semillon 2011
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    • Chatom Semillon 2011 Front Label
      Chatom Semillon 2011
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      • Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars Estate Semillon 2011 Front Label
        Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars Estate Semillon 2011
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        • Margan Family Semillon 2011 Front Label
          Margan Family Semillon 2011
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          • Vignobles Roumazeilles Chateau Grillon 2011 Front Label
            Vignobles Roumazeilles Chateau Grillon 2011
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            • DiStefano Winery Columbia Valley Semillon 2011 Front Label
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              • Elderton Golden Semillon 2011 Front Label
                Elderton Golden Semillon 2011
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                • Vergelegen Straw Wine Semillon 2011 Front Label
                  Vergelegen Straw Wine Semillon 2011
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                    • Elephant Hill Rania 2011 Front Label
                      Elephant Hill Rania 2011
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                      • Cederberg Ghost Corner Semillon 2011 Front Label
                        Cederberg Ghost Corner Semillon 2011
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                        • Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon 2011 Front Label
                          Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon 2011
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                          • Steenberg Semillon 2011 Front Label
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                            • Torbreck Woodcutter's Semillon 2011 Front Label
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                              • L'Ecole 41 Semillon 2011 Front Label
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                                • B.R. Cohn Herrick Vineyard Late Harvest Semillon 2011  Front Label
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                                    • Chateau Fonchereau Entre-deux-Mers Blanc 2011 Front Label
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                                            Bimbadgen Signature Palmers Lane Vineyard Semillon 2011
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