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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  • Chateau Haut Peyruguet Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Haut Sarthes Montravel 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • You’ll know a glass of Bordeaux when you sniff it -- from the pencil ... ... blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, this is a classic Bordeaux white blend. Sauvignon Blanc in Bordeaux delivers a distinct grassiness with herbal notes that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Semillon, the most widely planted white grape in Bordeaux, bring... Read More

    From the article Be A Smart Bordeaux Wine Shopper


  • Chateau Argadens Bordeaux Blanc 2014

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    The Chateau D'argadens (blanc) 2014 is a wonderful expression of Bordeaux; the grassy (mown lawn) scent, and the muted gooseberry flavors on the palate are elegant and show a bit of pedigree. For the price, the Sauvignon Blanc-dominated wine is very good; highly recommended if you can find it. Very clean - although the musky element of the fla... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Andre Lurton Chateau Bonnet Blanc Rv Aoc Entre-Deux-Mers Bordeaux France 2009

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    Hmmm. I would not have thought that a 2009 would last this long from ... not ... not unlike an Aussie (aged) Semillon. I picked up a few of these on sale and should have chosen more. The Lurton pedigree shows... 87 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Case of '15 Bedrock Ode to Lulu. Asked Dava if she wanted any Lulu this ... ... of assorted Myriad Syrah/Semillon - The Sangiacomo sold out due to an allocation glitch. Damn!!! 2015 production went going from one barrel to 6 though.EMark, I haven't seen Robin in some time. He's a bit busier these days and I have been pre-occupied. We've been c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Beringer Vineyards Nightingale Private Reserve 2007

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    Quite a beauty. Lovely soft and viscous Honey, Peach, Orange Rind, Baby's Breath and Hibiscus. Long long lingering finish. Perfect as a Digestif and quite comparable to a French Sauternes - in fact would have loved to taste them side by side. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Mending Wall Stone On Stone Napa Valley 2014

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    Very pale, just-barely, yellow color. Herbal, grassy nose. Quite fruity on the tip of the tonguetable grapes, melon, pineapple, banana on the rear palatepretty much all over the place. Lots of tart acid gives a refreshing quality and, also, seems to give a spritzy sensation around the edges of the tongue. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Been wrestling with income tax stuff, today.  Actually, my day has been a ... ... of mind. This is a Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend.  It seems that several California producers have been releasing similar blends, and, so far, I have been enjoying them.I'm not sure I like this one as much as the Bedrock I had a few weeks ago, but I wouldn't ki... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Chateau Rabaud-Promis Premier Cru Classe Sauternes 1998

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... It consists of 80% semillon,18% sauvignon blanc and 2% muscadelle and is aged in oak barrels. .I started my bottle last night with a plate of bread and cheese and I did enjoy it.It is very sweet,almost like honey or syrup and there is a lot of a pear,peach and apricot style fruit... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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