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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  • The golden wines of Bordeaux are a sweet force with which to be reckoned. While ... the following three grapes: Semillon dominates the blend, followed by Sauvignon Blanc, and just a dash of Muscadelle. It’s rare to see more than 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% of Muscadelle used in a blend. The thin-skinned Semillon grape is the perfect playground f... Read More

    From the article It's a New Era in Sweet Bordeaux


  • Chateau Cinc-Hilhs Cotes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £6 from a shop in London ... blanc,sauvignon gris,semillon and muscadelle but I do not know in what proportions.I started my bottle last night with my fish and chip supper.It is a dry wine. There is some sour apple style fruit with a suggestion of grapefruit and apricot especially on the finish.In short I though... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan Blanc 2014

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    The 2014 edition of the well-respected Chateau Carbonnieux has grassy, gooseberry elements on the nose with a refreshingly tart, spicy white fruit and garden flower finish (ever eaten a white flower?). Perfect white Graves, in other words. This wine will age further, but is fine now. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Argadens Bordeaux Blanc 2015

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    The 2015 edition of the Argadens Blanc has a rich, spicy star and passion fruit nose with a hint of Sauvignon Blanc smoke and grass; on the palate, there is tropical fruit on a smooth, rainwater finish. Less depth than 2014, but perhaps easier drinking... excellent value. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Kalian Monbazillac 2014

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    70% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc. Approx. 12% residual sugar. High alcohol. Laser-like acidity. Lemon notes with floral finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Mark, what was the Hollywood Bowl 'boorishness'? And how were the ... ... still Graves white (SB & semillon blend) thrown in. The sparkling included some Vin Mousseux SB, as well. The Graves (a 2nd label from one of the big chateaux) was good, but the Vin Mousseux was a bit meh, though still more drinkable over time than the NZ cat piss. : Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Friday night we were at Adelaide Oval for the Adelaide Crows against least ... ... ... this is an outstanding Semillon and has such elegant peachy fruit -no oak treatment at all so its it really focuses ton the fruitLunch was outstanding and I ate chargrilled Octopus following by a slow roasted lamb shoulder, we drink lots of their wines, Rie... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Wollersheim Winery Prairie Fumé 2015

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    A little more sweet this year than normal because the fruit is a little less. ... wine. This vintage is very semillon like in presentation and structure. 88 points - drink now - Pau Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Myriad Semillon Tofanelli Vineyard Napa Valley 2016

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    VERY refreshing. Nice entry of unsweetened tropical fruitpineapple, bananaand, maybe, even, green apple. Green apple may come from acidic tartness. I am really getting tingling on the top of my tongue from the acid. Im now getting lemon zest. Great summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • My admiration for Murrieta’s Well and their winemaker, Robbie Meyer, is ... ... 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon, 30% Chardonnay, 7% Viognier, 3% Muscat CanelliThis was a low water vintage. Drier vintages are actually good for the vines, producing grapes that deliver more aromatic and concentrated wines. A combination of tank and barrel ferme... Read More

    From the article Secret Sauce Wines: Murrieta's Well


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