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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  • 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...

  • France

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

  • South Africa

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

  • 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

  • Westend Estate Pty Ltd

    Westend Estate is a family affair under Bill's guiding hand and his strong philosophy of keeping ...

  • Andrew Harris Vineyards

    Andrew Harris Vineyards is located 3.5 hours north west of Sydney, 5 minutes south of Mudgee on ...

  • Iron Gate Vineyards

    Hunter Valley Wines Pty Ltd purchased the land as a paddock in 1996. We planted Semillon, Verdelh...

  • Golden Grape Estate Pty Ltd

    Escape for the weekend from the bustle of the city to relax at the Golden Grape Estate Winery in...

  • Pooles Rock Wines

    Poole's Rock Wines is a successful specialist dynamic wine company, producing a select range of p...

  • Tempus Two Wines

    Built on Lisa McGuigan’s passion to create an ultra-premium wine brand, Tempus Two uses innovativ...

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Sémillon on Snooth

  • Chateau de Castelnau Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 2012

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    Sauvignon Blanc 40%, Semillon 40%, Muscadelle 20% Tight and waxy on the nose with subtle hints of red fruit, clay earth, and leathery dried herbs. Bright on entry, this shows some serious richness and volume in the mouth. Just a lovely mouthfeel, rich but bright delivering subtle fruit flavors that range from quince to gooseberry, white cherry a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau la Perriere Semillon Bordeaux Blanc 2012

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    Tight on the nose with hints of apples and green herbs. Aromatically this is decidedly restrained, and in the mouth one finds a subtle wine but one that blends a fine edge of richness and bright acid support quite well. This does have quite a nice weight in the mouth, never ponderous nor dull, with waxy fruit and hints of apricot on the palate f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I just read, with some envy I might add, a report on a dinner of quite ... ... Chateau la Perriere, a 100% Semillon bottling that clocks in at 12% alcohol, for my dinner. Dinner was Hawaiian style ribs, marinated in ginger, garlic, jalapeno, onion, pineapple juice and soy sauce, slow smoked with mesquite and served along with a classic Greek s... Read More

    From the article Stuck in the Middle.


  • Met a friend from out of town at Envy and we tasted a few wines with Robin and ... that replacement Tofanelli Semillon for you. I promise not to drink this on Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Viticcio Bere Toscana 2011

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    50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot Stoney and sweet on the nose like Ive been crushing pomegranate seeds and strawberries all day with a leather handled mallet on an old stone counter. Soft on entry, then the acids retain to the palate supporting light strawberry and raspberry fruit. The tannins are very light here, sparse woul... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Beach House White 2013

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    It is a great summer wine very light and not to sweet. Read More

    Wine review by misenberg55


  • Repeat Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

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    Great QPR on this Chard, Sauv Blanc, Semillon blend from Australia. The chardonnay shines thru with a hint of the tart sauv blanc and a bit of roundness added by the semilon. Nice mouth feel, medium acidity and a medium finish. Tasty and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chateau Haut Plaisance Bordeaux 2012

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    Wine review by Xeeran


  • 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


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