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Semillon grapes

by | Mar 1, 2017

Semillon is considered as a popular variety of white wine grape that is mostly used as to the production of dry as well as sweet wines.


This grape is mostly seen producing some tasteful wines in the regions of France as well as Australia.

According to the wine experts, this white wine grape variety could be considered as one of the unsung heroes of the world as it is very much rich in terms of its properties and characteristics.

This grape variety produces the most famous as well as sweet wines of the regions of France, notably Sauternes and some of the most tasteful dry wines of Australia.

This white wine grape variety is also said to be a dominating grape in the sweet wines produced in the regions of Sauternes AC and Barsac AC.

This white wine grape variety is considered to be thick in terms of its skin and is characterized by all its autumnal colors in its vineyards.

The vines of this variety are easy to cultivate and they bud later, but ripen very early. This grape variety is considered as the most common blending partner of the grape variety called Sauvignon Blanc.

This grape is bright gold-green in terms of its appearance and during the time of its harvest it takes the hues of copper and pink color.

The grapes of this white wine grape variety are considered to be very susceptible to noble rot called Botrytis cinerea.

The dry wines of Semillon are also found in the different regions of Graves in Bordeaux. At the same time, this grape variety is also used as to the production of the dry wines in different areas of the United States, Chile, New Zealand as well as South Africa.

Wine grape varieties

In fact, this white wine grape variety was considered to be the most widespread variety of grape in Chile and South Africa once upon a time. However, the plantings decreased dramatically with the change of time.

The plantation and cultivation of this white wine grape variety is very much prevailed in Bordeaux. In this particular region, it is grown on the Atlantic coast.

All the conditions of weather are considered as very favorable for this grape variety to be grown in this particular region of Bordeaux.

The resulting vines produced in this region are luscious and lively. The grapes of this grape variety are considered to be lacking in the content of acid.

This is the reason it is mostly blended with the Sauvignon Blanc as well as Muscadelle. Both these grape varieties enhance the flavors of the blends so produced.

The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety may be barrel-aged. However recently, they are traditionally fermented in the stainless steel.

This white wine grape variety is also known under a number of synonyms such as Malaga, Chevrir, Columbier, Blanc Doux as well as Wyndruif.

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This white wine grape variety has been originated in the region of Bordeaux in France. It fact, during the 1960’s, this white wine grape variety was the most planted variety of grape in that particular region.


The primary taste of the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are similar to apple, pear, lemon as well as green papaya.

The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are very waxy as to their character and a number of wine experts describe them as lanolin.

The taste of the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety entirely depends upon the region where it is planted and cultivated.

Thus, the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety can range from being palate-cleansing and zesty wines to wines that are creamy, rich as well as lemon-flavored wines just like oaked Chardonnay.

When the grapes are vinified, the sweet wines produced out of this grape variety take a range of flavors just like that of peach, mango, nextarine, apricot as well as notes similar to nut, honey as well as citrus.

These wines are silky as to their texture which is caused as a result of concentration of glycerol and sugar in them.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety taste the best when they are paired with the food items such as pear and Roquefort tarts as well as candied orange cheesecakes.


Michael Bredahl

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