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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  • In the wine world, consumers judge the books by their cover. This past ... of Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend which employs a vibrant, Warhol-esque label featuring gold, pink, and light blue hues with the saying, “Rain or shine I’m on your side.” The secret behind a good label, design sage Bob Johnson told Teague, is a combination of sev... Read More

    From the article Label Me Handsome: Bottle Art Plays Big Role in Sales Numbers


  • Le Petit Grand Bordeaux 2012

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    Part of a Lot 18 Quarterly Selection - Bright and cheery with loads of bracing acidity, grapefruit, honeydew and under-ripe melon and herbs. Long medium weight finish. Had it alone, but seems like it would be outstanding with food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ovation du Cros Graves Superieures 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £6. Graves ... It ... It is made mainly from the semillon grape with a little sauvignon blanc which are harvested late and affected by the Botrytis fungus. I started my bottle last night with a plate of bread and cheese and I did enjoy it I would describe it as sweet but not very sweet.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Australia finished second behind France in the recent 2015 International Wine ... of more classic grapes like Semillon and Riesling, and even some top quality sweet and fortified wines,” he said. “Overall, it has been a vintage year for Australia at the IWC.” Heavy-hitter Penfolds scored well with their Chardonnays, taking home gold medals for... Read More

    From the article Australian Wines Take Home Big Haul From Vino Comp


  • Black Hills Estate Winery Alibi 2013

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    This edition of Black Hills Alibi opens with a light dandelion wine colour with a scent of musk, melon and mown grass - reflective of the dominant Sauvignon Blanc in the blend (75%). On the palate, there are muted flavours (leaning to neutral) of lemon grass, pomelo, musk and bitters. Clarity and purity is good, however, notwithstanding a some... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I debated whether to put this in the Watcha drinking tonight thread or whether ... it is made from a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Grapes, and that sounds right to me for BordeauxLook at the color of this.   What would you conclude form that color?  Well, I had two guesses and the one I was going with was oxidation.Did you see the instructio... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Chateau le Fage Monbazillac 1964

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    Beautiful golden/amber color. Very much a nutty nose with a touch of orange blossom. Charming on the tongue. Creamy, nutty sweetness with a hint of orange tartness at the back of the palate. A fairly rich wine that, more than anything else, reminds me of a low-alcohol sweet vermouth. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Being a member with Snooth for 4 to 5 years, I appreciate and care for this ... in particular was their 2013 Semillon, tastings of Citrus, Almond and a tad of dust, I fell in love.So I say to my fellow Snoothers who are usually more aware, more educated, more wine conscious, "Never say Never" toall and any wines. Do not get stuck in a deep win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A new love for the whites


  • Burnt Bridge Cellars Semmillon

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    This is produced with knowledge and tender loving care by Burnt Bridge Cellars. It has a lovely aroma of citrus, almond and dust. Although it is a bit pricy for an unknown, to drink it is to love it. Makes me feel like a King.This is their 2013 Vintage Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • La Cave d'Augustin Florent Monbazillac 2010

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    Golden color. Short lived hints of tropical fruits. Unbalanced and short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by mark


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