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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  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • New South Wales

    New South Wales is state and wine-producing region within the Federal Commonwealth of Australia...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • South Australia

    South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the cou...

  • Rhône

      Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regi...

  • Sauternes

      Sauternes is a region in the Graves part of Bordeaux, south of the Garonne river which is ...

  • Hunter Valley

    Hunter Valley is the best known region within the state of New South Wales in Australia. The up...

Popular Wineries using Sémillon

  • Neil Ellis Wines

    Neil Ellis Wines differs from most South African wineries in that instead of owning vineyards we ...

  • Robertson Winery

    Our winery has a long-standing tradition of dedicated grape-growing families, some of whom are 4t...

  • Obikwa

    A South African Winery specializing in classic South African grape varieties such as Sauvignon ...

  • Juno Wines Company

    The Juno Wine Company - based in the town of Paarl in the heart of South Africa’s winelands - was...

  • Boland Kelder

    Situated in the picturesque Paarl Valley, Boland Cellar has much to boast about. Nominated as one...

  • Meerlust

    Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myb...

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Sémillon on Snooth

  • St. Supéry Vineyards Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Napa Valley Virtú Meritage 2010

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    Grapefruit and citrus with nice tart acidity on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Pandorra


  • Chateau Ducla Blanc Entre-Deux-Mers 2010

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    Delicious, fruity dry white wine. No acidity. Read More

    Wine review by juliannayy


  • Chateau Gravas Sauternes 2010

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    Pretty straw color. Honeysuckle, orange, and melon on nose. Feels naturally, not sickly, sweet. Rich texture. Grapefruit on finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Dear Magtrev,indeed Saxonvale is long gone. I remember visiting them in 1982 ... after lunch wine tasting. Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet. Hope Estate took over the winery and most of the vineyards in 1996. If the attached tag is true, and the Muscat originates from Rutherglen, and it is now 40 to 60 years old, and hopefully is in d... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Can someone help me identify...


  • Yes, I'm off CA Cabernet for the most part myself. Saw a 2002 Shafer ... ... jam alright OT. Hope that Semillon was at a lower Abv than the 201 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Wait a minute. Why aren't any of these photos sideways or upside down ... ... under' when I saw the semillon, though. They do them very well there. That would be a nice blind tasting. French, CA and Aussie dry semillons. I'm confident I could differentiate at least 50% of them, but I'm so rusty it'd be luck after that.. Read More

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  • I know nothing about this bottle as it was given to me from someone who had it given to them and on and on.The bottle itself has no label on it, is just plain with a wax stopper, however there is a tag hanging from the wax which seems pretty old.i have attached some images of the tag and if anyone can tell me anything about it that would be grea... Read More

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  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... of ... Forlorn Hope Nacre Semillon Yountville 11% $26 Nacre =Mother of pearl, wine was made specifically for oysters Vines planted in the 50s. 30 acres of head trained, dry farmed, organically farmed Semillon in the heart of napa valley.  Savory, green almost pi... Read More

    From the article The "New" California


  • Forlorn Hope Nacre Semillon Yountville 2010

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    Nacre =Mother of pearl, wine was made specifically for oysters Vines planted in ... farmed, organically farmed Semillon in the heart of napa valley. Savory, green almost pickle, jalapeño, and naples aromas on the nose. This is tight in the mouth with big acids supporting youthful grapefruit flavors on the palate. With just a hint of beeswax on... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • A big trend in Oz wine now is global warming and planting more Mediterranean ... being able to produce its Semillon and Shiraz despite flood,fire,heatwaves and coal mines.The other big trend is to export wine and wine making expertise to China.  As their middle class start buying wine for "face"- the icons like Grange and HOG (Henschke's Hill ... Read More

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