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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  • Mcwilliam's Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2007

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    This well-priced aged, oaked Semillon from the Hunter Valley in NSW is in an older style, but remains its delicious self; for an 8-year old wine, there is a bright, wildflower nose with a hint of dandelion - very inviting. On the palate we receive a hefty dose of lanolin and wood (but not of the dull variety) with pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Sylvain Raymond Graves 2003

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    I bought this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80825. ... a white wine and a blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc. I started it last night with my supper of smoked fish and I did enjoy it.There is a melon style fruit there with a little citrus but it is not that acidic.It was an OK wine which went well with the fi Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Myriad Semillon McGah Family Vineyard Napa Valley 2014

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    Pale yellow in the glass. Flowery/fruity noseorange blossoms/melon. Quite light on the tongueinitial flavor sensation is honeydew melon. Some sweetness towards the back of the tongue. Also a bit of steely bitterness. Light acid touch but, still, refreshing crispness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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


  • Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc 2014

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    Nice and fresh, showing both citrus fruit notes along with a stony backbone.91pts. Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • 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

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