Cards of Wine

Sémillon (France)

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

Flavors

Lemon
Lemon
Apple
Apple
Pear
Pear
Apricot
Apricot
Grass
Grass
Vanilla
Vanilla
Butter
Butter
Spices
Spices

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.

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.

The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for dry white wines.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold. Remember to hold the glass by the stem!