June Grape of the Month – Sémillon

Grape of the month - JuneThe grape for the month of June is Sémillon.  This grape is popular in France, where it is commonly used in white Bordeaux blends, most famously the sweet, dessert wine Sauternes.  The Sémillon grapes are susceptible to botrytis or the “noble rot”, which actually makes the wine more desirable for sweet wine.  However, Sémillon is also used for dry wines, both blends and varietals.  Many people find that Sémillon wines seem like a cross between a Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.  They usually have a full body and flavors of lemon, apple, peach, and wax. (I am curious to see if I taste wax in the wines I try this month).  For Sémillon grown  in warmer climates, the wines may have tropical fruit flavors, while those aged in oak will have a creamy or buttery quality.

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