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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  • 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


  • Chateau Puypezat-Rosette 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the Chateau owner when I attended ... ... bottle consists of 50% semillon,30% sauvignon gris and 20% muscadelle.I started it last night with a plate of bread and cheese.It is a sweet wine but not as sweet as say a sauternesThere is plenty of an apricot and pineapple style fruit with a little citrus an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Recougne Blanc 2015

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    This was ripe and herbal and pretty low acid for a white. I didn't taste much from the Semillon. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • This was a Berserker day purchase from OTs friend Evan at Fogline.Neat white ... "It is a crossing of Semillon and Gewürztraminer, both Vitis vinifera varieties, and it was created in 1938 by Harold P. Olmo at the California Agricultural Experiment Station."Light gold in color. The nose is full of that gewurtz perfume-like honeysuckle with a b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Château de Rolland Barsac 1988

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the new website www.cellartrade.co.uk ... ... wine consists of 80% semillon.15% sauvignon blanc andf 5% muscadelle and spent 12 months in oak barrels.I started the first bottle last night with a supper of bread and cheese. It is certainly sweet but not quite as sweet as some other Sauternes I have had an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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


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