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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  • Y d'Yquem 2011

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    One of the all time greats, that everyone needs to try, expensive but worth every penny. Read More

    Wine review by acakeandwine


  • Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2011

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    This intriguing, not-so-cheap Graves white from the somewhat unheralded 2011 vintage offers a nose of herbal tea - tisane with chamomile and lemon peel, perhaps, with a hint of spearmint. Very inviting. The entry is presents a pleasant hedonic hit as well with peach, sweet lemon and pear. There is some tartness, but mostly balanced, elegant an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sturgeon have swum the Bordeaux river basin as long as Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon  and Muscadelle have rooted down the region’s vineyards. They make an excellent pairing, yet this duo has long been overlooked.Even taken separately, this is true. Magret de canard and foie gras are de riguer at the Bordelais table. Though Bordeaux is nestled betwee... Read More

    From the article A Not-So-New Pairing That Should Be a Classic: Caviar & Bordeaux Blanc


  • Tamburlaine Wild Mountain Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Orange New South Wales Stelvin Closure 2007

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    I am a committed shiraz drinker. My friend gave me a bottle of this and I have been converted! Read More

    Wine review by ajsggs


  • The status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York ... Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier and a smattering of other grapes. Though at least a portion of these wines often sees vinification in oak, they are nonetheless impressively aromatic. They are also broad on the palate with good weight, yet their acid... Read More

    From the article Innovation Sweeping South Africa: Get Thirsty!


  • Who says you can't get a good bottle of wine under $15? A panel of ... the list with six of the 40. Semillon appeared five times and Riesling had four hidden gems. In the red wine category, participants deemed merlot the best value grape. Six merlots were recognized among the 19 wines in the red category. Syrah came in second with five selecti... Read More

    From the article Sopexa 2014 Tasting: Bargains Amid White Wines


  • Château du Grand Carretey Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2011

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    The nose has tropical botrytis notes and honey mixed with fresh semillon fruit. It is a big improvement over their 2005. It does lack acid, which is quite common with Sauternes. Very sweet but needs a bit more complexity. My rating-- 89. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Château du Grand Carretey Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2005

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    This is an inconsistent wine from bottle to bottle.Some have fresh ripe fruit, others taste oxidized. When harvesting Sauternes, it usually requires several passes through the vineyard to gather all the botrytis affected berries. The problem with this is that if you start the harvest too late, the last sweep of the vineyard can pick up oxidized ... Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Lot prices reached new heights at the 2014 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild ... ... ... White Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon (Cape Point 2013) led the whites, going for an average of £52 per bottle. Ataraxia's Under the Gavel Chardonnay (Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge 2013) and Jordan's Auction Reserve Chardonnay (Stellenbosch 2013) went for an average £46. A r... Read More

    From the article Records Set At South Africa Wine Auction


  • Château la Garde Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2011

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    From the Dourthe stable, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine has good colour and an inviting nose of wet earth and blackberry. Good Claret flavours of raw coffee bean, blackberry, cassis and beet. There is some tannic puckering which suggests 2-3 more years in the cellar, but seems quaffable now. Slightly more elegant than (but similar in st... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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