The principal grape susceptible to botrytis, or "noble rot",
in Sauternes and Barsac. Suggestive odors are melon or fig, but quite often
one is trying to describe the odor and character of botrytized grapes, rather
than that of the Semillon itself. It is also used to soften still wines
made with the more austere Sauvignon blanc.
Synonyms: Blanc doux, Chevier, Chevrier, Colombier, Crucillant, Hunter riesling (in Australia), Hunter River riesling (in Australia), Riesling (in Australia), Saint-Emilion (in Romania), Semijon, Semillon muscat, Semillon roux.