The Semillon or Sémillon grape is, in my opinion, a hugely under-rated white grape variety. Admittedly Semillon wine is not going to appeal to people who prefer their white wines to be very light in colour and body but it has a lot going for it, not least the fact that it is so versatile. The Semillon grape produces:
- complex, fuller-bodied, still dry wines and
- rich sweet wines plus
- it blends well, especially with Sauvignon Blanc and particularly in Bordeaux and in Australia.
It's time to give Semillon a chance ... just find the right style of Semillon for you - see my Semillon wines below.
If you are a fan of Chardonnay give a 100% varietal like Wally White a try or the Boekenhoutskloof Semillon which has a splash of Sauvignon Blanc to help the acidity. If you are more of a Sauvignon Blanc fan, try a Sauvignon-Semillon blend e.g. from Bordeaux. And don't forget the classic sweet, dessert wine.
I can't think of many white wine drinkers who wouldn't enjoy one of these styles.
Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2014
£28.75 / bottleView Details
Château Violet ~ Sauternes AC 2007 (37.5cl)
£14.95 / bottleView Details
GIFT ~ The Islander Estate Vineyards ~ Wally White 2013
£35.00 / bottle
incl. P & P
Château de France Pessac-Léognan AC 2015 (Blanc)
£32.75 / bottleView Details
The Islander Estate Vineyards ~ Wally White 2014
£29.50 / bottleView Details
Château d'Arche ~ Grand Cru Classé Sauternes AC 2010 (37.5cl)
£18.50 / bottleView Details