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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  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... - $35 39% Chenin Blanc, 28% Semillon, 21% Chardonnay, 8% Melon, 4% Pinot Blanc // 10 bottles remain         Keep, Lost Slough Vineyard, White Blend, Clarksburg 2015 - $18 35% Cortese, 34% Falanghina & 31% Loureiro. I see at least 189 Scrabble points in there som... Read More

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  • I remember mine completely, just  like it was yesterday, all except for ... pick up a 1973 Hunter Valley Semillon .  It was a perfect pairing, which I think he knew, and a light bulb went off - wine and food.  We ate there 3 out of 5 nights we were in port.  Tremendous.&nbs Read More

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  • Well one photo showed up, which I assume you'd already posted, once I ... ... age well, comparing it to semillon from the Hunter Valley on the other side of Oz, which is  a grape that's also commonly used in dessert wines in France, but in Oz is often fermented dry.  This verdelho may be off-dry, though. The reason why I'm wondering is that sw... Read More

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  • Hello I have some white wine that's 32 years old looks like vinger now should I keep it or chuck in the bin or can u use the wine in cooking and have a champagne mixer that's 30 years old do I keep that 2 or bin it Read More

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  • Haut Bergey Blanc 2012

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    The 2012 Haut-Bergey Blanc smells and tastes like a masterful blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon; there is a scent of lightly sugared pear and lychee with a hint of anise and perhaps ginger. On the palate, the wine is slightly viscous but thirst quenching with citrus, pear and licorice flavours predominating. Finish is satisfying and long. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Clarendelle Blanc 2012

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    Final one from a lunch at Mercat Bistro...cannot remember which one I liked the most, but this one, had more mineral and slate notes than the others, along with tropical fruit and floral notes. Quite something. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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


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