In what kind of climates does Sémillon/Semillon like to grow in?
What is the spelling for Sémillon/Semillon in France?
What is the spelling for Sémillon/Semillon where English is spoken?
Without the accent over the e (accent aigu).
What are the typical aromas/flavors of a young Sémillon/Semillon?
- Green apple
What is Sémillon/Semillon’s range of body and acidity?
- Light bodied to full bodied
- Medium acidity to high acidity
What is France’s most important region for Sémillon?
What are the styles of Sémillon produced in Bordeaux?
Still wines, both dry and sweet
What is the grape used to blend with Sémillon in wines labeled Bordeaux AOC?
Where is Sauternes AOC?
It is a sub-region within Bordeaux.
Are Sauternes AOC wines always dry, sparking and not affected by Botrytis or sweet, still, and always affected by Botrytis?
Sweet, still, always affected by Botrytis
What is the most important white grape grown in Sauternes AOC?
Botrytis/noble rot greatly affects which white grape varietal in Sauternes AOC: Sémillon or Sauvignon Blanc?
What is the typical flavor profile of Sauternes AOC?
- Apricots/stone fruits (concentrated/extra-ripe/dried)
- Crème Brûlée
- Caramel, honeycomb (on aged Sauternes)
Where in the English-speaking world is Semillon heavily planted?
Australia, especially in the Hunter Valley and Barossa Valley.
Hunter Valley region is roughly 3 hours’ drive north/northwest of Sydney.
Describe the style of Semillon that’s typical for the Hunter Valley.
- Light bodied
- Low alcohol
- Neutral flavors in its youth
- Honeyed and nutty flavors when it is aged
Are Hunter Valley Semillons typically made in inert vessels or in new oak?
In the past these wines used to see more oak but generally the style has changed.
Besides Hunter Valley, what is one other appellation in Australia known for its Semillon?
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.