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Name & Etymology:
Sémillon may be a linguistic deviation of Saint Emilion.  Sémillon is said to come from the Bordeaux area where from it has spread.

There exist few synonyms in the South West.  We find it called “Blanc Doux” and “Mansois Blanc” in Marcillac.

Colour: White

Geographical area:
As we’ve just said, Sémillon comes from the Gironde.  It has remained confined to appellations producing sweet wines of the Northern part of the South West.

Appellations using it and / or major production areas abroad:
We find Sémillon principally in Bergerac where it declined in dry white wines and great sweet wines. Sémillon has not travelled much.  We only find it in Provence and in a few countries of the new wine world.

Production Potential
Sémillon is an average productive vine.  It likes gravelly or limestone terroirs.  With a maturity of the second period, it gives fat dry and complex wines, coping well with maturing in barrels.  When autumn advances, Sémillon maintains a complex relationship with rot.  In favourable conditions (hazy mornings and sunny days), this rot turns into noble rot to give great sweet wines to syrupy wines.

Best expressions / Oenological potential:
No doubt Sémillon is one of the great vines for syrupy wines, however, its declension in dry wines in blendings with Sauvignon blancs or even Muscadelle gives very interesting results.  The aromatic gamut is then turned towards acacia, fresh nuts and citrus notes.  Ample and velvety in the mouth and a little bitterness brings an added appetizing touch.


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