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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  • Chateau Segur du Cros 1996


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £10. The ... ... Cros cuvee is made up of 85% Semillon,10% sauvignon blanc and 5% muscadelle and is aged in stainless steel vats.I started my bottle last night with my supper of cheese and ham salad and I did enjoy it It is a sweet wine almost like honey or syrup with lots of apr... Read More

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    This wine is from Cadillac, one of the Sauternes satellites. The 2011 vintage for Sauternes is really good, so I thought I'd try one of the surrounding areas. This wine reminds me of a top flight Saint Croix du Mont. The nose is Sauternes-like but with less power and botrytis. It has a nice floral and honey nose.Needs a bit more acid. Rich in t... Read More

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    Very tasty dessert wine made from Semillon. Apricot, honeysuckle, a bit of dried fig and dried pineapple. Nice, viscous mouthfeel but not overly sweet on the palate with a touch of acidity and a decent length finish. Read More

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  • There are so many great value wines right under our noses that we often miss ... of the top wine today 100% Semillon right there on the label. Still, there is a bit of schizophrenia here, seeing as the varietal label continues to play a distant second fiddle to the moniker Bordeaux. All powerful, and deeply imbued with perceived cache, particu... Read More

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    Not much going on on the nose besides some steely notes and a touch of polleny fruit, Simple, bright and lime driven in the mouth, this shows fruit that is fading in a lean, easy to drink style that finishes with a touch of dusty gravel. 80pts Read More

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    Sauvignon 70% Semillon 30% Tight on the nose with a hint of toasty oxidation followed by lovely floral, pollen and almost honeycomb notes laid over orchard fruits. This is perfumey on the nose. Round and opulent, if a touch soft on entry, there are nice almost honeyed notes early on the palate, very ripe apple fruit that is tempered on the midp... Read More

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    A little reduced and funky when first poured, this cleans up relatively nicely revealing a rather savory nose that shows hints of smoke, dried herbs, thyme and subtle shades of gooseberry fruit, though a hint of sulfur does persist. Focused, clean and fairly precise in the mouth, this drives across the palate with freshness and acid driven stone... Read More

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