Cards of Wine

Sémillon (France)

In France, the Sémillon grape is grown mostly in Bordeaux.

Profile

Sémillon often has a full body much like Chardonnay, but with flavors more like Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc.

Body
Sweetness
Fruit
Acidity

Flavors

Lemon. Apple. Pear. Apricot. Grass. Vanilla.

Typical Sémillon flavors are lemon, apple, pear and green papaya combined with a waxy taste (lanolin).

Depending on production and climate, Sémillon can range from tasting like zesty Sauvignon Blanc to creamy oaked Chardonnay.

Food Pairing

Semillon is "the ultimate food wine".

Unoaked Semillon can be fresh and zippy, a perfect wine for white fish and shellfish.

Lightly oaked Semillon can be fuller and perfect for richer fish or shellfish dishes like lobster and salmon.

More oaked and ripe Semillon pairs well with chicken, veal, and pork.

Clams. Mussels. Shellfish.
Lobster. Salmon.
Pork. Veal. Chicken.
Pasta Salads.

Blue Cheese.

Serving temperatures:
Unoaked 8-10°C (46-50°F)
Oaked 12-14°C (54-57°F)

Blends

Semillon-Sauvignon blends such as white Bordeaux blends, are typically oaked.

These wines pair well with rich seafood like crab, fish pie, and salmon dishes, as well as with spicy pork, and Indian dishes with curries, mustard sauces, or coconut milk sauces.