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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  • Fine Disregard Milhouse Semillon 2018

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    Clear somewhar pale yellow color. A bit of yeast on the nose. On the tongue I get a pretty stout hit of Granny Smith Apple. Nice tartness keeps this wine from being "fruity." Quite lean and light bodied. Super refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Chateau Marjosse Grand Vin de Bordeaux 2018

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    Biiny's 10/20. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • We're at the beach for a mini-vacation with our good travelling/drinking ... refreshing Dirty and Rowdy Semillon, perfect quaff for the still warm early Fall weather.  A touch of lime pith, some beeswax and a hint of brine, this opened up a bit more as it warmed up in the glass.Hoping OT is staying safe, heard that there's another very large f... Read More

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  • Mcwilliam's Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2009

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    This old favorite just keeps on pleasing; light yellow in the glass, with a nose of lanolin, gooseberry, cake spice and miscellaneous stewed white fruit, the wine is soft on entry, quite youthful and not-at-all dense, with a soft spicy mouthfeel loaded with grassy herb and gooseberry. Tastes like some oak present with a nutty vanilla finish, bu... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Baret Pessac-Leognan 2016

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    Pale yellow color in the glass, Some banana on the nose. Quite lean. Light fruit--lemon, banana, table grapes.Some tartness, but not overly so. Some minerality at the rear palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  •  I recently had to have a fair amount of miscellaneous dental work done - ... was  a Mount Pleasant Semillon from the Hunter Valley (2009) which I have had many times from previous vintages, and is world renowned.  Obtained for a song.Finally, I found an inexpensive (regular AOC) Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016 from the Meursault commune by Henri Da... Read More

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  • Myriad Semillon Tofanelli Vineyard Napa Valley 2019

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    I always seem to get tropical fruit with these Tofanellis--pineapple, banana, kiwi. Acidity makes for a very refreshing wine--and leaves my tongue tingling. Good wine, but I think I prefer the Myriad McGah bottling. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Clos du Soleil Fume Blanc 2017

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    This Bordeaux Blanc blend (83% Sauvignon Blanc and 17% Semillon) carries a scent of lawn grass, gooseberry, kiwi and a whiff of vanilla (oak); entry is very crisp - though not unbalanced or unexpected for this region (Similkameen Valley, BC Canada), with healthy acidity, musky, grassy, grapefruit-citric, white berry flavours with a slight nut-oa... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cypres de Climens Barsac 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon 2016

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    The L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon (14% Sauvignon Blanc) carries a medium yellow colour and an inviting ginger-oak-gooseberry nose with a good dollop of lime rind. Entry is velvety-smooth, with just a hint of warmth, oaky spice overlaying s bed of gooseberry and fig. This is a very good Bordeaux-style white that recalls Hunter Valley whites from Aust... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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