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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  • France

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

  • Hunter Valley

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

  • South East Australia

    South Eastern Australia is not so much a wine region or state, but a large zone that encompasse...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • Australia

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

  • New South Wales

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

  • USA

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

  • South Africa

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

  • Sauternes

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

Popular Wineries using Sémillon

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

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Sémillon on Snooth

  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I ... $2079% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% SemillonSoft on the nose and a bit creamy and spicy with lesy floral notes over a base of  pineapple and grapefruit Mineral and fresh on entry, this is a touch simple though with lovely river stone minerality under slightly creamy goose... Read More

    From the article What's Hot in WA?


  • Januik Sagemoor Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    83% Sauvignon Blanc; 17% SemillonEarthy on the nose with perfumes of old wood and wax lurking under jasmine and white floral aromas. A little hint of smoke and honeycomb greets the palate with semillon obviously contributing both flavor and power in the mouth. Graced with rich baked apple, fig and quince flavors on the midpalate, this finishes w... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    79% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% SemillonSoft on the nose and a bit creamy and spicy with lesy floral notes over a base of pineapple and grapefruit Mineral and fresh on entry, this is a touch simple though with lovely river stone minerality under slightly creamy gooseberry inflected pineapple fruit. Clean, zesty, and green fruited on the moderately lon... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marquis de Chasse Sauternes 2007

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    Golden straw hue, aromas of dried yellow stone fruits and caramelized sugars, flavor notes o fbrown sugar, stewed apricots and oily peach stone, over a lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Snapped this shot a couple months ago when we were racking some Pinot for Ancillary and Patiné. Check out the shadow, "Fill 'er up!" So what Pinot Noir have you enjoyed lately. What characteristics did you like about it? What food did you pair it with?Tonight I'm opening a 2011 Copain "Les Voisins" Pinot Noir for a number of reasons.I haven't ta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir anyone?


  • Sounds like you guys had a good time...The commentary on the high alcohol wines ... of power and elegance. The Semillon was too much, definitely out of bounds for my palate though the fruit seemed tasty. I guess that's where it gets tricky, the higher the alcohol the more quickly and significantly the pendulum can swing. Can't wait to finally t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Outthere hits it out of the...


  • Last week, outthere posted a nice one about some newer wineries that received props in Antonio Galloni's article about new California wineries.I had made plans with OT to meet up at Mike Smith's joint, the Carter winery, where he makes his own Myriad wines.  I had a half case of Myriad waiting for pickup and we were bringing my wife's new execut... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Outthere hits it out of the...


  • I'm curious to try that Morlet Semillon/Sauv Blanc blend. What a cool idea for Sonoma Coast fruit, even if it began as a French winemaker looking to create something from back home, it seems to have been a resounding success. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Long Shadows wine makers...


  • Bimbadgen Estate Individual Vineyard Mcdonalds Road Semillon Hunter Valley New South Wales Australia 2007

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    Wine review by Daniel Young


  • We’re now on episode five of cellar clean-up, today focusing on a handful ... ... feature a majority of semillon. Very possibly the least well understood white variety out there. These blends are quirky to say the least. Semillon is a fabulous age worthy variety. Often appearing quite dull and boring when very young, Semillon can become expans... Read More

    From the article A Question of Meritage


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