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1
Q

The climates Sémillon/Semillon likes to grow in are:

A
  • Moderate
  • Warm
2
Q

The spelling for Sémillon/Semillon in France is:

A

Sémillon

3
Q

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

A

Semillon, without the accent over the e

4
Q

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

A
  • Green apple
  • Lemon/citrus
  • Grass
5
Q

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

A
  • Light bodied to full bodied
  • Medium acidity to high acidity
6
Q

What is France’s most important region for Sémillon?

A

Bordeaux

7
Q

What are the styles of Sémillon produced in Bordeaux?

A

Still wines, both dry and sweet

8
Q

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

A

Sauvignon Blanc

9
Q

Where is Sauternes AOC?

A

It is a sub-region within Bordeaux.

10
Q

Sauternes AOC wines are always:

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

Sweet, still, always affected by Botrytis

11
Q

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

A

Sémillon

12
Q

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

A

Sémillon

13
Q

What is the typical flavor profile of Sauternes AOC?

A
  • Apricots/stone fruits
    • concentrated/extra-ripe/dried
  • Vanilla
  • Crème Brûlée
  • Caramel, honeycomb (on aged Sauternes)
14
Q

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

A

Australia, especially in the Hunter Valley and Barossa Valley.

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

15
Q

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

A
  • Dry
  • Light bodied
  • Low alcohol
  • Neutral flavors in its youth
  • Honeyed and nutty flavors when it is aged
16
Q

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

A

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
Q

Besides Hunter Valley, name one other appellation in Australia known for its Semillon.

A

Barossa Valley

18
Q

What’s the typical style of Barossa Valley Semillon?

A

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.