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Sémillon (France)

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

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Apple
Apple
Pear
Pear
Apricot
Apricot

Grass
Grass
Vanilla
Vanilla
Butter
Butter
Ginger
Candied Ginger

Typical Sémillon flavors are Lemon, Apple, Pear, Apricot, and Green Papaya, with notes of Grass and Vanilla, combined with a Waxy taste (Lanolin).

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

Profile

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

SUGARDry
BODYMedium - Full
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - Low
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)
Oaked 10-12°C (50-54°F)

Food Pairing


Shrimps
Shrimps
Fish
Fish
Seafood
Seafood
Lobster
Lobster

Tapas
Tapas
Salads
Salads
Pasta
Pasta
Rice
Rice

Chili
Chili
Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Veal
Veal

Semillon is "The ultimate food wine".

Unoaked Semillon can be Fresh and Zippy. Perfect for White Fish and Shellfish.

Lightly oaked, it can be perfect for Richer Seafood like Lobster and Salmon.

More oaked, Semillon pairs well with Chicken, Veal, and Pork.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Clams. Mussels. Shellfish.
Lobster. Salmon.
Pork. Veal. Chicken.
Pasta Salads.

Cheese:
Blue Cheese.

If You Like Sémillon

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Pinot Blanc (France)
Rioja White Oaked (Spain)
Roussanne (France)
Sémillon (France)
Trajadura (Portugal)
Treixadura (Spain)
Viognier (France)

The Ideal Glass

The Montrachet glass is perfect for full-bodied white wines such as:

The wide bowl steers the wine to the sensitive parts of the tongue, ensuring that the acidity creates a harmonious balance with the sweet aromas of aged wines.

The wide bowl allows the full bouquet of aromas to develop, and minimise the risk for it to be over-concentrated.

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.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux in Southwest France is the most famous wine region in the world.

France

The river Gironde splits the area in the famous Left Bank (Southwest) and the Right Bank (Northeast) where the two famous, but very different, Bordeaux Blends are produced.

The Left Bank

On the Left Bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape.

A typical top-quality "Bordeaux Blend" consists of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Merlot.

Left Bank wines are often spicy with bold tannins and are good candidates for aging.

The Right Bank

On the Right Bank, Merlot is the primary grape.

A typical Right Bank blend consists of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Right Bank wines are also bold, but smoother, with softer tannins and typical Merlot fruity flavors. They can age, but are more "drink me soon" style.

Bordeaux is dominated by red wine. Nearly 90% of all Bordeaux wine is red.

The most planted grape is Merlot, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon.

Red Grapes

66% Merlot
23% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc
  2% Malbec
  1% Petit Verdot

White Grapes

47% Sémillon
45% Sauvignon Blanc
  5% Muscadelle


Bordeaux Left Bank

On the Left Bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape.

A typical top-quality "Bordeaux Blend" consists of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Merlot.

Left Bank wines are often spicy with bold tannins and are good candidates for aging.

The terroir is rocky, with gravel (stones) and some limestone.

In the wine world, this bad soil means good wine because the more the roots have to struggle, the better the quality. Rocky soils and hillsides give a good drainage (too much water gives a watery berry).

Famous appellations are:

  • Haut-Médoc
  • Margaux (Château Margaux)
  • St.Estephe
  • St.Julien
  • Pauillac (Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Latour)
  • Pessac Leognan (Château Haut-Brion)
Few chateaux with many hectars (50-80ha average).

Flavors:

Young: Spices. Earth. Tobacco.

Aged: Leather. Smoke. Truffle. Herbs. Cigar box.

Bordeaux Right Bank

On the Right Bank, Merlot is the primary grape.

A typical Right Bank blend consists of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Right Bank wines are also bold, but smoother, with softer tannins and typical Merlot fruity flavors. They can age, but are more "drink me soon" style.

The terroir on the right bank is less difficult, with less gravel and more clay and limestone.

Famous appellations are:

  • St. Emilion (Cheval Blanc)
  • Pomerol (Petrus)
Many small chateaux with few hectars (30 average).

Flavors:

Young: Black Cherry. Red Plum. Flowers. Chocolate. Licorice.

Aged: Earth. Truffle. Dark Chocolate. Tobacco.

White Bordeaux

White Bordeaux uses Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion as primary grapes.

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