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Sé·mil·lon

also Se·mil·lon  (sā′mēl-yôN)
n.
1. A variety of grape originally grown in France that is often blended with other grapes to make white wine, including the French Sauternes.
2. An often dry white wine made from this grape.

[French, from obsolete sémilion, from dialectal semilhoun, from Old Provençal semilhar, to sow, from seme, seed, from Latin sēmen; see semen.]
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Sémillon

(ˈseɪmiːjɒn; French semijɔ̃)
n
1. (Brewing) (also without capital) a white grape grown in the Bordeaux area of France and in Australia, used for making wine
2. (Brewing) any of various white wines made from this grape
[French]
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Made from a mix of cabernet franc and semillon grapes, this bubbly is soft and fresh, with a hint of fruit and brioche.
Every year, winemaker Greg Allen waits as Napa Valley Semillon takes its sweet time to mature.
|| M&S Hermits Hill Botrytis Semillon 2013, Australia (PS9.50 , 37.5cl, Marks & Spencer, in store only): The unwritten rule is, the darker the dessert, the darker the wine - but this blonde beauty from Down Under can beautifully bridge the gap between light, fruity desserts and boozy mince pies, with its bright aromas of peaches and apricots, lush honeyed palate of exotic fruit and fresh acidity on the finish.
M&S Hermits Hill Botrytis Semillon 2013, Australia (PS9.50 , 37.5cl, Marks & Spencer, in store only) The unwritten rule is, the darker the dessert, the darker the wine - but this blonde beauty from Down Under can beautifully bridge the gap between light, fruity desserts and boozy mince pies, with its bright aromas of peaches and apricots, lush honeyed palate of exotic fruit and fresh acidity on the finish.
Talking of Oz wines, another grape that enjoys the marathon more than the sprint is semillon. This French variety that has been the white stalwart in the south-west of France has found a rather fine footing in the Hunter Valley, just north of Sydney, where low alcohol and very long-lived examples can be found.
| McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2016, Hunter Valley, Australia (PS13.98, Asda): One of this winery's specialities, McGuigan has won the International Wines & Spirits Competition's Semillon Trophy four times.
Let's start with the most straight-forward, an unoaked dry white Sauvignon Blanc, with a dash of limey Semillon, bone dry and reassuringly modest in alcohol: La Perriere 2105 (PS6.75 from the Wine Society).
Hopefully, you've gleaned my excitement about the McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 which is reduced by a third in Tesco until October 6 or until stocks last.
There's semillon too, and a handful of other grape varieties including muscadelle, colombard and ugni blanc (though they're used sparingly).
Tyrrell's Lost Block Semillon 2013 (RRP PS12.49, several independents) The Lost Block range was named when a storm forced Tyrrell's Hunter Valley vineyard team to abandon picking a block of semillon in 1993.