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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  • That does strike me as strange on the Amarone Jack. Tomasso has been my ... ... my ... Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon have quite the marriage in Bordeaux Blanc.Was at a pretty high end Piedmont and Burgundy tasting, and this 78’ Gaja Costa Russi was poured that stopped me in my tracks. Really one of the better wines I’ve ever had, but later one... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • Read up on Lindeman's thread, and thought this would be a good topic to discuss.To Greg's point about blending Merlot and sometimes Cabernet in with Chianti blends, I hear that trend had been on the downswing, which is probably a good thing for Chianti proper, though there will be some really good "Super Tuscan's" made from the blending as well.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • Chateau Miaudoux Saussignac 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from Cadman Fine Wines for £12. Saussignac is an ... and my bottle is a blend of semillon,sauvignon blanc and muscadelle although I do not know in what proportions.I started my bottle last night with my plate of cheese and biscuits.It is a deep amber colour and very sweet wine,almost like honey or syrup.There is so... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau la Garde Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the wqebsite ... 85% sauvignon blanc and 15% semillon[the estate used to use sauvignon gris as well but these vines have now been taken out] and was aged in used oak barrels for 10 months. I started my bottle last night with my supper of smoked mackerel and salad. It is a dry wine and there is plenty of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • After all the Christmas and New Year festivities, I have to escape for a good ... ... flavours of Dansak. Semillon and Chardonnay from Australia, and blends of these two classic varieties are wine list regulars and will never let you down. Understandably neutral flavoured Italians also link well with Indian spices; Soave (from Veneto) and Fra... Read More

    From the article Can you pair wine with curry?


  • We ought to banish preconceived notions in all areas of life, especially wine. ... enrobe the region’s Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes.The mist clears, and piping hot sunshine dries out the grapes. The conditions allow friendly spores known as Botrytis Cinerea to develop on the grapes. This is the beginning of the hallowed Nob... Read More

    From the article Your Thanksgiving Holiday Show-Stopper


  • On a recent trip to Bordeaux, I had the extreme pleasure of exploring a ... ... see how vastly different the Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes grow in this region. Normally on a wine list or in a wine store, you will find these “golden wines” in the dessert wine section. This is a very common misunderstanding due to the wine’s s... Read More

    From the article There's more to Bordeaux than meets the eye.


  • You know how I feel about Hunter Valley Semillon.  Glad to see someone else enjoying them. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • The Bunkhouse Semillon Hunter Valley 2017

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    Pale straw in color. Lemony on the nose. Light on the palate with lots of citris and finishes with a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Mark, that's quite the diverse lineup, how's the head feeling ... that ... ... that '80 Concannon Semillo Read More

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