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The great white varietal of Bordeaux (along with Sauvignon Blanc), this can be a dry full-bodied table wine or an unctuously sweet dessert wine, both of which can typically age well.

Flavor Descriptors

When produced in a dry style, this is typically round, lush, and medium- to full-bodied with notes of fig, melon, pear and honey. Semillon aged in oak displays the expected vanilla creaminess while dessert wines made from Semillon offer honeyed melon, dried figs, and loads of aromatic peach and apricot.

Food Pairings


Mildly spiced Asian dishes, chicken teriyaki, grilled pork skewers.


Foie gras, biscotti, crème brulee, blue cheeses.

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