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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  • Clarendelle Bordeaux Blanc 2015

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    So those of modest means (most of us, I think) may find the two Clarendelle wines (in this case, the white) a little dear, although the quality is high for A. C. Bordeaux. The white seems the best in terms of crowd-pleasing power: this young wine has a bouquet of mown lawn, gooseberry, and cake spice. Very inviting. Entry is slightly youthful ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon Noble One Semillon Wine 2008

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    Tasted Sep 2016!This pours a gold color with honeyed amber hues....nice and clear and oily thick in appearance! Aromas of honeycomb, apricot kernel, peach jam, pineapple, and apple butter/toffee.....dessert in a glass! Flavors of honeyed pear/apricot/peach, Rogers golden syrup, touches of musty mandarin orange, soft vanilla bean. Mouthfeel th... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • No big secret that I was seduced by a well-known Snooth poster into the Myriad ... ... 2.5 tons of Old Vine Semillon. This marks our second harvest in a row to begin with Red and White grapes picked on the same day! It is our earliest red grape harvest on record as the Pinot is slated for Rose' coming in at twenty-one brix. Today means the be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harvest 2016


  • Napa Cab is about 6 to 8 weeks out depending on the winemaker. My StepSon said ... ... Day. Sauv Blanc,  Semillon, Chardonnay etc with PN then Napa Reds to follow. Should be done processing fruit by Hallowee Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harvest 2016


  • They've had a hell of a time with it in Burgundy, like a 50-90% lost vintage. Unsure on quality, but it's dubious.What's going on in Napa/Sonoma? I hear Halcon Alturas is a ways away from ripening, but the harvest of whites has been in full effect. When should the Cabernet, and other reds be "ready"?Let's pick now (or soon) I say!Floods and fros... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harvest 2016


  • Been on a bit of a syrah kick recently myself but tonight we had our weekly ... interesting white blend of Semillon, Sauv Blanc and Orange Muscat. On the nose there's some orange and a hint of honeysuckle. The flavor profile has ripe lime, peach pit and honeycomb that slides down the throat with a waxy, viscous texture. This is not an overly c... Read More

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


  • Chateau du Seuil Cerons 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a shop in Kent ... late harvest/ botrytised semillon and aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of bread and cheese and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a pineapple/apricot/grapefruit style fruit and it is very sweet almost like honey or syrup. In short,this is a lovely dese... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Let me add my welcome here also Demelza.  As RCKR noted, Margaux is in the ... up of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.Since you're a fan of Macon Blanc, I'd think you would also like Chablis, which is also made from Chardonnay but has its own set of characteristics. You could also look for wines made from Melon de Bourgogne or Bourgogne Blanc.Happy... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • What are the secrets of a winemaker with over one hundred 90+ point wines ... ... depth are made possible by Semillon and Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc is the structural beam of acidity. Each varietal is cultivated to be its very best self. Blending begins only after fermentation is complete and each varietal has reached its full expression. The... Read More

    From the article All About Wine, Vine by Vine


  • Château des Deux Lions Sainte-Croix-du-Mont 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


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