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The word ‘Cabernet’ slips so easily off most people’s lips we forget that in the 1950’s, most Americans didn’t even know what Cabernet Sauvignon was. In the mid-century, Americans felt that Cabernet Sauvignon was too difficult to pronounce. So now that Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay have become the norm it’s time to get familiarized with some new wine grapes. Get your glasses ready.

Sémillon wine is loved for its full body, like Chardonnay, but with flavors closer to Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. It’s an important blending component in White Bordeaux and is also planted throughout Australia. In the US, Sémillon wines are usually a great price for their quality. Despite how cheap it is, Sémillon has the pedigree to be alongside the most popular white wines in the world. Find out all about Sémillon wine; how way it tastes, where it grows and what you’ll enjoy eating with it.

The primary fruit flavors in Sémillon wine are lemon, apple, pear and green papaya. There’s something very waxy about the taste of Sémillon which wine writers often describe as lanolin. Depending on where Sémillon is grown it can range from being a zesty, palate-cleansing wine like Sauvignon Blanc to a rich, creamy, lemon-flavored wine like oaked Chardonnay.

Hot Climate Sémillon More ripe fruits, including mango, yellow peach and papaya, can be found in warm climate Sémillon. It’s not uncommon to find wines from these regions using moderate oak-aging to add buttery notes to the flavor. Warm climate regions include California, South Africa, Argentina and South Australia. Wines will have slightly higher alcohol around 12-14% ABV.

Cool Climate Sémillon When winemakers pick Sémillon less ripe, the wines have a lot more acidity and often resemble their popular cousin, Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus flavors of lemon, lime zest and grapefruit are accentuated in this style when winemakers don’t oak-age their Sémillon. A cooler climate Sémillon will also have more flower aromas. Cooler climate style Sémillon wines include Bordeaux, Hunter Valley Australia (a unique microclimate!), Western Australia and Washington State. In these areas, wines will have about 10-12% ABV


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  1. Tulloch Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    91 points - James Halliday 'Australian Wine Companion'
    The blend combines the world renowned characteristics of vibrant young Hunter Semillon with lively Sauvignon Blanc, & is best described as a 'user-friendly'. Ripe passionfruit aromas on the nose are balanced by citrus & tropical flavours of Hunter Semillon on the palate.
    Crisp refreshing flavours & only 11.5% alcohol - this is a perfect wine for the Singapore climate.
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  2. Ch. Raymond-Lafon 'Jeunes Pousses' Sauternes 2010

    Chateau Raymond-Lafon is literally across the road from Chateau d'Yquem - the world's most expensive white wine. Raymond-Lafon makes their sweet sauternes with the same mix of Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc as does Ch. d'Yquem. 'Jeunes Pousses' is the younger "brother" to the Raymond -Lafon's famous sweet Sauternes. Made in exactly the same way it receives 18 months barrel ageing instead of 36 months. A little less concentrated the name 'Jeunes Pousses' (young shoots) has nothing to do with the young vines; it refers to the Meslier family's children Michael and Gabriel -Marie Emmanuel, twins born in 2006. Light bodied with refreshing acidity & beautiful sweet pineapple overtones. Delicious with cheeses or Asian sweets.
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  3. Cape Mentelle Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    Cape Mentelle Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2015
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  4. Ch. Raymond - Lafon Sauternes 2009

    93pts by Robert Parker! Raymond-Lafon is the best kept secret in Sauternes!! The estate is contiguous to Bordeaux's most expensive white wine - Ch. d'Yquem - and shares the same mix of grapes & winemaking techniques. Raymond-Lafon's owner M. Meslier, was previously the 'regisseur' (General Manager) at d'Yquem & oversaw all production at that famous property for many years. This 2005 Raymond Lafon is simply a stunning sauternes at a price half that of the other great names from Sauternes. "The palate is ... a crisp, taut entry & a superb seam of acidity that runs from start to finish. It is very well crafted & offers great clarity & freshness on the tropical fruit-tinged finish. This is lovely. Drink 2015-2030.
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  5. Ch. Raymond - Lafon Sauternes 2005

    Ch. Raymond - Lafon Sauternes 2005
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