ripens earlier in the season than most grapes and is less
likely to be damaged by rains or frost. It produces
wines that are full flavored rich and aromatic. Semillon
is most often blended with other varieties (especially Sauvignon
Blanc) to take advantage of the strengths of each variety.
Semillon is one of the three approved varieties (Semillon,
Blanc and Muscadelle)
for making white wines in the Bordeaux
region of France.
Together with Sauvignon
Blanc, it is the base for the great sweet wines
of Sauternes and Barsac where it is affected by Botrytis cinerea.
Whether in the sweet wines or in dryer styles, Semillon has
the ability to age for a very long time