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What is Sémillon

Sémillon is a plump white grape popular in Bordeaux and Australia. It is used to make both dry and sweet wines, with its most popular incarnation as the base for Sauternes. It is thick-skinned and relatively easy to cultivate with a good resistance to disease and a propensity to ripen early. Outside of Australia’s Hunter Valley, Sémillon typically produces wines that are low in acid with a round mouth, and as a result is commonly blended with more assertively aromatic and flavorful varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Sémillon among our extensive wine reviews. These reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Sémillon, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

Sémillon grapes are found in sparkling, white, and dessert wines.

Examples of Sémillon to Try