Try a Sémillon wine if you like Viognier.

 

Overview of the Sémillon wine varietal

Medium to full bodied white wine with floral, honey, beeswax aromas. Made in styles from dry to sweet dessert wines and often blended with Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Why we like the Sémillon varietal, grape and wine

  • Some of the most delicious and most expensive dessert wines are made with Sémillon blended with Sauvignon Blanc.
  • It works in harmony with high acidity grapes to give weight and softness to the wines.
  • sometimes it smells like key lime pie!

 


How to pronounce Sémillon:

say-mee-YON


 

Flavours and aromas of Sémillon wines

  • Fruit: Pears and apples, lemons and limes, peaches
  • Floral: honeysuckle
  • Herbal: chamomile
  • Other: honey, beeswax, honeycomb,
  • Oak: crème brûlée, lemon pastry, nutty

 

Foods that go well with Sémillon wine – varietal pairings

Dessert Style Sémillon Pairings

  • Salty cheeses, esp blue cheese
  • crème brûlée
  • salted caramel
  • Foie Gras

Dry Style Sémillon Pairings

  • Grilled Chicken
  • Citrus based sauces
  • Shellfish
  • Rich, nutty cheeses

 

Where are Sémillon grapes grown?

Old World Sémillon Regions

  • Bordeaux, France (esp Graves and Sauternes)
  • Turkey

New World Sémillon Regions

  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • South Africa
  • USA and Canada

 

Interesting facts about Sémillon wine

A bottle of the Chateau d’Yquem 1893 Sauternes dessert wine exists in the cellar at the Chateau in Bordeaux. Because of careful cellaring it has turned from a golden white to a distinct copper caramel colour and is likely the most interesting and delicious wine you’d ever try — for a price! A bottle of that fine dessert wine would likely be auctioned for at least $13K.

 

Other names for the Sémillon varietal include

Semilion, Colombier, Wyndruif

 

Our favourite finds for Sémillon wine

Chateau d’Yquem 2005 Sauternes

Bodega Lagarde 2017 Semillon

 

Dig Deeper: Learn More About Old World vs New World Wines

Like Sémillon? Try A Similar Grape Variety: Chardonnay or Marsanne.