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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.

KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009
KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

South Africa

Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml

Mcwilliam's Wines Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2015
Mcwilliam's Wines Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2015

Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

Alcohol: 10.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2015‐2018

Voluptuous Veal Wine

 

LCBO: 724492  Check Stock

Creekside Estate Winery Iconoclast  Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Creekside Estate Winery Iconoclast Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2017‐2019

Crush Barwick Wines Terravintner Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009
Crush Barwick Wines Terravintner Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

West Australia, Australia

Alcohol: 13.1%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2009‐2013

 

LCBO: 215673  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  38 in stock

BC: 390831  2046 in stock

SAQ: 10921073  125 in stock

NSLC: 1001099


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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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