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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  • Chateau Olivier Blanc Grand Cru Classe 2013


    Quite a serious wine is the 2013 Olivier; there are the usual grassy, pear and lemon rind notes on the nose, with a clean, acidic entry dominated by lime citrus on the palate - perhaps with a dollop of ripe pear. There is some almond bitterness on the finish, but this will soften in a year or two. Will last several years but quite hedonically ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau la Garde Blanc 2013


    For several years now, I have been buying a few Chateau la Garde Blanc, and the wine never seems to disappoint; the 2013 edition is weighty with its backbone of Sauvignon Gris, and has a grassy nose followed by mouth cleansing acidity and delicious lemon-lime flavours on the palate. This is a very fine wine for the price and will last 5-10 more... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • We talking about the striped bass with butter, lemon, capers and anchovies ... ... a Domaine de Chevalier SB/Semillon blend from Graves would work just fine with the seabass, too. If Chablis I'd prefer some wood in its history, as JD seems to indicate. Otherwise a bigger Cote d'Or white, too.But champers is always an easy choice. I'd prefer a ... Read More

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  • Chateau Fayau Cadillac 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Oxfordshire [ www.oxfordwine.co.uk ... producer and consists of 90% semillon,.5% sauvignon blanc and 5% muscadelle.I started it last night with a supper of bread and cheese and I did enjoy it.It is certainly very sweet and there is plenty of a pineapple,apricot,gooseberry and grapefruit style fruit t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Clarendelle Bordeaux Blanc 2015


    So those of modest means (most of us, I think) may find the two Clarendelle wines (in this case, the white) a little dear, although the quality is high for A. C. Bordeaux. The white seems the best in terms of crowd-pleasing power: this young wine has a bouquet of mown lawn, gooseberry, and cake spice. Very inviting. Entry is slightly youthful ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon Noble One Semillon Wine 2008


    Tasted Sep 2016!This pours a gold color with honeyed amber hues....nice and clear and oily thick in appearance! Aromas of honeycomb, apricot kernel, peach jam, pineapple, and apple butter/toffee.....dessert in a glass! Flavors of honeyed pear/apricot/peach, Rogers golden syrup, touches of musty mandarin orange, soft vanilla bean. Mouthfeel th... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • No big secret that I was seduced by a well-known Snooth poster into the Myriad ... ... 2.5 tons of Old Vine Semillon. This marks our second harvest in a row to begin with Red and White grapes picked on the same day! It is our earliest red grape harvest on record as the Pinot is slated for Rose' coming in at twenty-one brix. Today means the be... Read More

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  • Napa Cab is about 6 to 8 weeks out depending on the winemaker. My StepSon said ... ... Day. Sauv Blanc,  Semillon, Chardonnay etc with PN then Napa Reds to follow. Should be done processing fruit by Hallowee Read More

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  • They've had a hell of a time with it in Burgundy, like a 50-90% lost vintage. Unsure on quality, but it's dubious.What's going on in Napa/Sonoma? I hear Halcon Alturas is a ways away from ripening, but the harvest of whites has been in full effect. When should the Cabernet, and other reds be "ready"?Let's pick now (or soon) I say!Floods and fros... Read More

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  • Been on a bit of a syrah kick recently myself but tonight we had our weekly ... interesting white blend of Semillon, Sauv Blanc and Orange Muscat. On the nose there's some orange and a hint of honeysuckle. The flavor profile has ripe lime, peach pit and honeycomb that slides down the throat with a waxy, viscous texture. This is not an overly c... Read More

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