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Best Semillon Wine

Semillon has a rich, voluptuous, waxy almost fat texture but low acidity, which is why it's often blended with zesty Sauvignon Blanc.

Semillon is a vigorous vine but a thin-skinned grape so it's susceptible to sunburn and raising. It resists most diseases, except rot, both the bad kind (Gray Rot) that destroys the grapes and the good kind (Noble Rot or botrytis) that shrivels the grapes to raisins, concentrating their flavors to create some of the world's most famous and expensive dessert wines.

For Château d'Yquem, generally a blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, pickers pass through the vineyards ten times or more during the harvest to select only the bunches affected by botrytis. Other exquisite sweet wines in the Bordeaux regions of Sauternes and Barsac are made from this blend as are the dry styles of Graves, such as the renowned Domaine de Chevalier.

My reviews of these Semillon white wines are updated weekly. These Semillon white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Semillon wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Semillon in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Henschke  Tilly's Vineyard Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Pinot Gris 2008
Henschke Tilly's Vineyard Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Pinot Gris 2008

Barossa, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml

 

LCBO: 656264  Check Stock

Caymus Conundrum Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Chardonnay Viognier Muscat Canelli. 2007
Caymus Conundrum Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Chardonnay Viognier Muscat Canelli. 2007

California, United States

Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Medium  750 ml

 

LCBO: 694653  2,126 in stock

BC: 390831  2,290 in stock

SAQ: 10921073  120 in stock

NSLC: 1001099

Tyrrell's Wines Brookdale Semillon 2012
Tyrrell's Wines Brookdale Semillon 2012

Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2018

Splendid Salad Wine

 

LCBO: 269316  Check Stock

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Hunter Valley, Orange, New South Wales, Australia

Alcohol: 12.8%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2019‐2021

Scrumptious Seafood Wine

 

LCBO: 632067  39 in stock

Château Suau Sauvignon Sémillon Muscadelle 2013
Château Suau Sauvignon Sémillon Muscadelle 2013

Bordeaux, France

Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2017

 

LCBO: 3371232750009  Check Stock

SAQ: 11015793  3,250 in stock


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Semillon

Other regions notable for Semillon include Chile, where more vines are planted than anywhere else on earth, and Australia, especially in the Hunter Valley.

Signature aromas include fig, lemon, pear, lime, nectarine, saffron, bell pepper, asparagus and grass.

Oak aging and malolactic fermentation add notes of lanolin, vanilla, buttered toast, cream, smoke and oak.

Dessert styles also have notes of honey, apricot, lemon curd, meringue, quince, peach and pineapple.

Food matches for dry styles of Semillon include nuts, smoked salmon, shellfish, seafood, antipasti, poultry, pasta.

Dessert styles go well with foie gras, cheeses, angel food cake, biscotti, bread & butter pudding, coffee cake, creme brulee, fruit tarts, treacle pudding and fruit cobbler.

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