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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  • Lindeman's Chardonnay Bin 65 2013

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    Best value for money, all around great wine. Robust body, smooth finish Read More

    Wine review by yoda4647


  • Pavillon de la Catie Monbazillac 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Hercse


  • Demazel Premières Côtes de Bordeaux Moelleux 2010

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    (Past tasting 21 Jun 2013) Deep plums, and oak on nose. Slightly spicy. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Courline Nauton Sauternes 1989

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    I bought this bottl;e of wine a while ago from the website ... estate.My bottle is 100% semillon and was aged in oak barrels.I finally served my bottle to family members with lunch on Christmas day.The colour had gone a deep amber as is usual with aged desert wines.It was very sweet like honey or syrup with an apricot and vanilla style fruit ta... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Courline Nauton Sauternes 1989

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    No written review

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • All sounds good Fox, curious as to what you think of the D&R Semillon...bummer OT, get better quick. I still owe you a shipment.Have some '06 Cabs lined up for tonight (O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain, Jordan!, and Thummerer from Hungary), not much CA Cab left after this.I'm staying tuned Mark, always. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • OT, tell me you weren't sick when I stopped by on Sunday!  And get ... we'll kick it off with a Semillon--either the Dirty and Rowdy Skin and Egg or Myriad Tofanelli.  I hear the latter is pretty good--we'll see if the replacement bottle is just as goo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Y d'Yquem 2011

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    One of the all time greats, that everyone needs to try, expensive but worth every penny. Read More

    Wine review by acakeandwine


  • Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2011

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    This intriguing, not-so-cheap Graves white from the somewhat unheralded 2011 vintage offers a nose of herbal tea - tisane with chamomile and lemon peel, perhaps, with a hint of spearmint. Very inviting. The entry is presents a pleasant hedonic hit as well with peach, sweet lemon and pear. There is some tartness, but mostly balanced, elegant an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sturgeon have swum the Bordeaux river basin as long as Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon  and Muscadelle have rooted down the region’s vineyards. They make an excellent pairing, yet this duo has long been overlooked.Even taken separately, this is true. Magret de canard and foie gras are de riguer at the Bordelais table. Though Bordeaux is nestled betwee... Read More

    From the article A Not-So-New Pairing That Should Be a Classic: Caviar & Bordeaux Blanc


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