Sémillon

Common synonyms: Wyndruif (South Africa)

Parentage of the grape: undetermined, likely native to Bordeaux and/or surroundings
 
History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distinguished popularity in the regions where it is grown. It has been used in quality production in France, in the areas in and around Bordeaux for centuries. It is there that it is found in elegant dry white wines, most often blended with Sauvignon Blanc. But perhaps even more importantly, its predisposition for Botrytis cinerea (a.k.a. “noble rot”), which has an astounding effect on the grape (as long as it is healthy), pinpointing its sugars and aromas for the Cadillac of sweet wine, Chateau d’Yquem of Sauternes. These wines can take long cellar aging and are some of the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. In more accessible forms, it is found in the late harvest dessert wines of lesser grade Sauternes (which are still Read more »

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  • As a wine consumer I love to read about others experiences with wine, but one ... This bottle also adds in 6% Semillon and features pleasant aromas of lime, tropical fruit, melon and some light fennel spice notes. The wine tastes excellent with lots of lemongrass, more tropical fruit (guava and pineapple primarily), orange zest and lime wrappe... Read More

    From the article Five Dependable Whites You Can Find (Most) Anywhere


  • Apsara Sauvignon Blanc Rivers Ranch 2013

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    Very floweryhoneysucklenose. In fact, I might add honey to that olfactory description. Quite fruit-filled on the tongue. Lots of tropical fruitpineapple, bananaand, again, honey or caramel. Acid on the back end keeps this from being a fruit bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sauvignon Blanc will always keep you guessing. On the one hand it is capable of ... traditionally blended with Semillon and Muscadelle to produce both stunningly dry barrel aged wines, as well as the unctuous botryitised dessert wines of Sauternes. The unoaked wines of the Loire in particular became a blueprint for many international copy cats ... Read More

    From the article The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Wine Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc


  • 2011 Carlisle White Blend, 66% Semillon, 24% Muscadelle, 10% Chasselas Dore' (or Palomino, from 118 yr. old vines at Saitone Ranch, RRV). Not to be outdone, the Semillon comes from Monte Rosso, planted in 1886, and Pagani Ranch Muscadelle planted in 1920. You gotta be kidding me...I'm glad I looked this up after my first few sips. Talk about try... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard Late Harvest Orange Muscat & Flora 1993

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... grape is a cross between semillon and gewurztraminer.These grapes are grown on their 'Mystic Park ' vineyard and are harvested late in order to increase the sugar content because this is a desert wine.I drank my bottle this evening with a plate of bread and cheese and I did enjoy it.As i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Lindeman's Chardonnay Bin 65 2013

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    Best value for money, all around great wine. Robust body, smooth finish Read More

    Wine review by yoda4647


  • Pavillon de la Catie Monbazillac 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Hercse


  • Demazel Premières Côtes de Bordeaux Moelleux 2010

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    (Past tasting 21 Jun 2013) Deep plums, and oak on nose. Slightly spicy. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Courline Nauton Sauternes 1989

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    I bought this bottl;e of wine a while ago from the website ... estate.My bottle is 100% semillon and was aged in oak barrels.I finally served my bottle to family members with lunch on Christmas day.The colour had gone a deep amber as is usual with aged desert wines.It was very sweet like honey or syrup with an apricot and vanilla style fruit ta... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Courline Nauton Sauternes 1989

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    No written review

    Wine review by duncan 906


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