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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  • Clos Floridene Blanc 2014

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    Clos Floridene is a good, sauvignon blanc based wine from Graves, and is about right for consumption now. There is the muted herbaceous nose and entry followed by the usual rich finish of white fruit. Drink now or until 2020. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Brown Blanc 2014

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    The 2014 Chateau Brown is filled with nuts and apricot on the nose and entry; there is a hint of apricot preserve on the palate and a deep, apricot-peach finish with a hint of sweetness and musk. Drink now. 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Clos des Lunes "Lune d'Argent" 2015

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    Another great white from Domaine de Chevalier. Semillon dominant on the nose (that is, a muted, flat, scent of unripe peach on a light bed of cake spice). The entry is smooth, balanced and refreshing - though more dense and viscous than other Bordeaux Blanc in similar price ranges. Fresh and tasty. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Reynon Blanc 2015

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    This is a fine introduction to grassy, herbaceous regular (but a cut above) ... the strongest attributes of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc... the scent of a slow running stream, for example. The wine has strong - almost stemmy Sauvignon Blanc notes on the palate with obvious aging potential of about 2-4 years. Great Value 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau le Tarey Loupiac 1990

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £16 from the website ... about but it consists of 90% semillon.5% sauvignon blanc and 5% muscadelle.. I started the first bottle last night with a plate of bread and cheese.It is certainly sweet like honey or syrup and there is plenty of an apricot,pineapple and satsuma like fruit with a hint of vanilla. In... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Becoming a multi-award winning winemaker takes hard work and dedication. Add ... their Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, seeking to discover the largest reductive vessel that can be used with native fermentation.Willcock likes to push the boundaries of Chardonnay. In university she learned wine should be polished, clean, and bright. Wisdom taught ... Read More

    From the article Female Winemakers are Making Waves


  • Myriad Mcgah Family Vineyard Semillon 2017

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    Fresh, crisp, maybe, a touch alcoholic. Tart stone fruit. Some hint of banana. Nice refreshing summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Murrieta's Well the Whip White Blend Livermore Valley 2016

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    Orange and tangerine notes are lightly floral and creamy with fresh minerality and hints of lime zest. Fresh, perky acidity on the palate with creamy orange notes, tea leaf and a finish of green apple and floral white peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hope Estate Wollombi Brook Semillon Hunter Valley 2016

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    Honeyed and creamy on the nose with notes of lemon and kiwi fruit. Medium full on the palate, dry and firm with more citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit with lightly floral potpourri and a finish of apple and peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Drury Farm 'Woodroffe Reserve' Southeastern Australia White Blend 2017

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    very bland and quite neutral in presentation. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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