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Sémillon

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.

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... read more.

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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.

Key Regions

France (Bordeaux and Sauternes) and Australia (Hunter Valley and Riverina).

Colour and Flavours

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.

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  1. Château Rahoul Blanc, Graves

    Château Rahoul Blanc, Graves, 2015 75cl

    A fantastic blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc the nose is wonderfully expressive with notes of grapefruit, pear and a touch of fennel for added complexity. The palate has pleasing depth of fruit with citrus and pear being particularly prominent and even some vanilla notes which are most likely a product of fermentation taking place in oak.

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  2. Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,

    Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, 2015 75cl

    Pale straw in colour, this wine has a lovely fresh and fruity style showing aromas of gooseberry, green aples, pear and passion fruits. Smooth and rounded on the palate with a long refreshing finish.

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  3. Mitchell Semillon, Watervale Clare Valley

    Mitchell Semillon, Watervale Clare Valley, 2009 75cl

    Rich, creamy and soft, a brilliant example of Semillon, a grape variety which achieves a wondrous complexity in Australia.

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  4. Chateau d' Yquem Premier Grand Cru, Sauternes France, 2008 (Half Bottle)

    Chateau d' Yquem Premier Grand Cru, Sauternes France, 2008 (Half Bottle) 37.5cl

    An outstanding dessert wine from the most famous Château in Bordeaux. A delicate and balanced nose of honey, stone fruit and citrus. Once in the mouth, the flavours dance. Subtle honey, citrus and peach combine with a thread of underlying acidity. The finish is elegant and lasting. 

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  5. Château Suduiraut Premier Cru Classe, Sauternes France, 1999

    Château Suduiraut Premier Cru Classe, Sauternes France, 1998 75cl

    A golden yellow appearance, with a complex nose of crystallised honey and floral notes. Wonderfully fresh and fruity with a luscious sweetness, this wine is elegant and balanced.

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  6. DV by Chateau Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes France

    DV by Chateau Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes France, 2011 75cl

    Stewed orange and orange flower on the nose. The sweetness is balanced by a citrus crispness, resulting in an opulent, multi layered expression. 

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  7. DV by Chateau Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes France

    DV by Chateau Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes France, 2013 (Half bottle) 37.5cl

    Stewed orange and orange flower on the nose. The sweetness is balanced by a citrus crispness, resulting in an opulent, multi layered expression. 

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  8. Petit Guiraud, Sauternes France

    Petit Guiraud, Sauternes France, 2013 (Half Bottle) 37.5cl

    Classy and refined Sauternes that delivers orange marmalade flavour in a refreshing way that does not take away from the sweetness. Part-fermentation in new oak brings a little extra character to this very elegant dessert wine.

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  9. Mitchell Noble Semillon, Clare Valley Australia

    Mitchell Noble Semillon, Clare Valley Australia, 2014 (Half Bottle) 37.5cl

    The distinctive flavour of the sweet Semillon, one of the Mitchell Estate specialities, is apparent on the palate, with a crisp, clean, finish.

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