Sauvignon Blanc – Sémillon is a classic white wine blend. It is most widely produced in France (most notably Bordeaux’s Graves district), where both Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon are well-established varieties, and has more recently caught on in Australia (particularly Margaret River). The versatile blend is typically made into crisp, dry wines, but it is also the blend of choice for the world’s most prestigious sweet wine style, Sauternes. The blend is endowed with vibrant acidity and grassy aromas by Sauvignon Blanc, and its structure and mouthfeel from Sémillon.
Outside France, Australia’s Margaret River is the New World stronghold of Sauvignon Blanc – Sémillon blends. The area has developed a reputation for its “SSB” wines, which few wineries omit from their product range. Rarely restrained, Margaret River SSB wines are marked by notes of lemon and grapefruit underpinned by pungent aromas of grass, straw and fresh asparagus. Over time, they have moved steadily away from the Bordeaux style, and towards that of ever-popular, intensely grassy Marlborough blend.