This grape is used to produce many famous wines in France and Australia. Sémillon ages extremely well, and is often paired with Sauvignon Blanc, noticeably in dry white wine, to compensate for Sauvignon Blanc’s inability to age well and to provide a full palate when young.
In France, Sémillon is most notably used in the dry white wines of Bordeaux and sweet dessert wines of Sauternes. It is planted increasingly less, Sauvignon Blanc being a more popular international variety, but the benefit of Sémillon means it is still a key component in the best wines of each region.Read More
In Australia, production is not clearly defined by region. Sémillon is the sole grape for many great Hunter Valley white wines; highly recommended are those made by Tyrell’s Wines, and de Bortoli's great dessert wine known as Noble One (made in the Riverina). Sémillon is also used, and more commonly blended, in wines from the Margaret River and Barossa Valley regions as well as other vine growing regions across Australia.
France (Bordeaux and Sauternes) and Australia (Hunter Valley and Riverina).
Young and pure Sémillon wines are straw-yellow in colour, and can be very pale. Very light fruity flavours, like lime, lemon, pineapple and apple, are noticeable but they are not dominant and often give way to the characters of a blended partner variety. As it develops with age, Sémillon becomes a darker hue of amber and honey, fig and asparagus characters show with greater force. It becomes rich and long-lasting on the palate, meaning it dominates the characters of a blended partner. The dessert version takes on citrus notes as well as dried figs and pineapple, and offers richness and aromatic qualities with a fresh finish.