The Semillón grape originates in the French region of Bordeaux and is used to make the famous Sauternes wine. It is a white grape originating, where it is used in coupage with the Sauvignon Blanc variety to make some of the best wines.
The Semillon is a vine of easy viticulture that likes the climates of rather cold areas. It is a variety of early ripening, where the berry in temperate climate latitudes acquires a pinkish hue. It is generally resistant to diseases, although it is sensitive to botrytis due to the thin skin thickness, and for this reason, the berry in hot climates is sensitive to direct sunlight.
The strain has a semi-erect stem. The bunches are of medium size and compactness. The grape berry Semillón is spherical, medium to large in size and colour. The must is low acidity and has a medium-high sugar content.
The white wine of the Semillón variety is of a pale greenish yellow colour, with golden sparkles. In nose it is complex, giving aromas of honey, toasted, cut grass, if it has remained in oak gives aromas of banana and toasted bread. In the mouth it is a dry, balanced and tasty wine. It is a variety that makes it possible to make wines for ageing and storing for a long time.
Due to the special conditions of the Semillon grape, its cultivation is not common in Spain. In the Pyrenees, we find some plantations highlighting those of Raúl Bobet in his winery Castell d'Encús.
Semillón produces wines that are mainly sweet or dry and very aged, since the characteristics of this variety allow it. It is one of the most exquisite white wines, appreciated for its longevity, it joins wood as well as Chardonnay, but unlike Chardonnay it is rare to find it as a varietal.
The Semillon is ideal to accompany: Grilled fish; Grilled salmon; Chicken with fine herbs; Pasta with mushrooms or spinach; For dessert; As an appetizer.