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1

The climates Sémillon/Semillon likes to grow in are:

  • Moderate
  • Warm

2

The spelling for Sémillon/Semillon in France is:

Sémillon

3

The spelling for Sémillon/Semillon where English is spoken is:

Semillon, without the accent over the e

4

What are the typical aromas/flavors of a young Sémillon/Semillon?

  • Green apple
  • Lemon/citrus
  • Grass

5

What is Sémillon/Semillon's range of body and acidity?

  • Light bodied to full bodied
  • Medium acidity to high acidity

6

What is France's most important region for Sémillon?

Bordeaux

7

What are the styles of Sémillon produced in Bordeaux?

Still wines, both dry and sweet

8

What is the grape used to blend with Sémillon in wines labeled Bordeaux AOC?

Sauvignon Blanc

9

Where is Sauternes AOC?

It is a sub-region within Bordeaux.

10

Sauternes AOC wines are always:

  • dry, sparkling, not affected by Botrytis
  • sweet, still, always affected by Botrytis

Sweet, still, always affected by Botrytis

11

What is the most important white grape grown in Sauternes AOC?

Sémillon

12

Botrytis/noble rot greatly affects which white grape varietal in Sauternes AOC: Sémillon or Sauvignon Blanc?

Sémillon

13

What is the typical flavor profile of Sauternes AOC?

  • Apricots/stone fruits
    • concentrated/extra-ripe/dried
  • Vanilla
  • Crème Brûlée
  • Caramel, honeycomb (on aged Sauternes)

14

Where in the English-speaking world is Semillon heavily planted?

Australia, especially in the Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley region is roughly 3 hours' drive north/northwest of Sydney.

15

Describe the style of Semillon that's typical for the Hunter Valley.

  • Dry
  • Light bodied
  • Low alcohol
  • Neutral flavors in its youth
  • Honeyed and nutty flavors when it is aged

16

Are Hunter Valley Semillons typically made in inert vessels or in new oak?

Today most Hunter Valley Semillons are made in inert vessels.

In the past these wines used to see more oak but generally the style has changed.

17

Name one other appellation in Australia that is known for Semillon.

Barossa Valley

18

What's the typical style of Barossa Valley Semillon?

There isn't a typical style; many styles are made.

Barossa Valley Semillons can be light-bodied and unoaked (like Hunter Valley Semillons) or they can be full-bodied and matured in oak.