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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  • There are hundreds of sweet wines but if we had a survey to name just one, bet ... grapes Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, (sometimes with a touch of Muscadelle), produce reputably the best sweet wine in the world.  Believe it or not, the key to Sauternes’ quality is rotten grapes. To the uninitiated, they would go straight in the skip but to the... Read More

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  • Joseph Phelps Sémillon Napa Valley Late Harvest Délice 1989


    Opened a half-bottle of this and served it with foie gras.Wow...stunning! Deep amber color, wonderful nose. Magnificent flavors of stone fruits...would hold it's own against any Sauternes or Barsac.I did not expect this level of quality in a wine over 25 years old! Read More

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  • This is a report I adapted from my recap on WB. Unfortunately a few guests fell ... the white flight going. Waxy Semillon was dominant with citrus notes and more lovely acidity cutting through the palate. Things started picking up at this point and wines were being popped left and right. No formal notes on this evening. Perhaps others can chime... Read More

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  • Andis Wines Semillon 2011


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  • Chateau Peyruchet Bordeaux 2013


    Binny's 8/28/2015. Another VALUE. Hear me people, if you want to get your money's worth on a good/almost great white wine. Pick up any white Bordeaux between $10 to $15, and if you are not satisfied, I, no not I, somebody in France, I think, will give you your money back. Maybe. Read More

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  • Clos des Lunes Bordeaux Blanc Lune d'Argent 2012


    This Semillon-based wine of Domaine de Chevalier is wonderful - like lightly infused water of a good mineral spring dominated by white berry fruit like gooseberry. Soft, somewhat light, this is a wonderful buy. 90 points.... but drink now for best results. Read More

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  • Azure Bay Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2002


    This was a most surprising beautiful wine. Highly recommended and a great price. Please try Read More

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  • Thank you, Dvogler. I had suspected the other commenters might not be complete ... franc, and gamay; viognier, semillon,  and pinot blanc. These grapes produce wines that suit my palate better than the wines from varietals like syrah, cab sauv, sauv blanc, and some of the others.I think my prejudice stems from the practice of so many US vintne... Read More

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