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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  • I would say check Dirty & Rowdy for Semillon (which really is completely different, at 10.67% ABV for this latest release) Mark, but I think you're on too many lists as it is. Maybe another swap is in our future.There was something about the voluptuousness of the 2012 Myriad Semillon that I enjoyed, but ultimately it was a little too rich and al... Read More

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  • Myriad Semillon Tofanelli Vineyard Napa Valley 2014

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    Pretty, clear light yellow color. Fairly perfumy nosetropical fruits with, maybe, some floral. Lots of fruit on entry. Pineapple, melon. As it moves back, Im getting more tropical fruitbanana. Terrific acidity makes this wine incredibly easy to drinkheck, gulp. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK, again, Semillon is far from the most arcane grape variety.  However, while in the last few years I have had various blends (domestic and old world) containing it, I'll bet it's been 20-25 years since I've had a varietal bottling.  This one arrived last week as a part of my very first Syrah order from Myriad--2014 Tofanelli Vineyard. Boy, thi... Read More

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  • Getting back your roots is a matter of blending, according to a story this past ... ... chardonnay, pinot gris, semillon and sauvignon blanc” and is wild-fermented in oak and a “large, amphora-like ceramic egg.” While the blend may sound like the stuff of grade-school sugar mongers making suicides from the soda fountain a Burger King, it actua... Read More

    From the article Going Old-School: Some Australian Winemakers Embrace "Field Blend"


  • Getting back on track here I thought I'd add something different, at least ... wine out of it. More of a Semillon nose than Sauv Blanc, The palate is a little simple and sweet up front but the skins show up mid-palate and linger late along with the acidity. Interesting, paired well with our Asian inspired dinner, but otherwise just OK. Was a B... Read More

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  • Château Cantelaudette Graves de Vayres Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by gretch23


  • Hill Family Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012

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    The Hill Family Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is 99% Sauvignon Blanc & 1% Semillon. It is almost clear in color with a slight tinge of moss green. There is sweet sharpness on the nose with hints of nectarine and peach. The first sip is incredibly full-bodied and sharp with fruits of melon, cantaloupe and nectarine. I immediately liked it as it dances... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


  • As a wine consumer I love to read about others experiences with wine, but one ... This bottle also adds in 6% Semillon and features pleasant aromas of lime, tropical fruit, melon and some light fennel spice notes. The wine tastes excellent with lots of lemongrass, more tropical fruit (guava and pineapple primarily), orange zest and lime wrappe... Read More

    From the article Five Dependable Whites You Can Find (Most) Anywhere


  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Apsara Sauvignon Blanc Rivers Reach 2013

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    Very floweryhoneysucklenose. In fact, I might add honey to that olfactory description. Quite fruit-filled on the tongue. Lots of tropical fruitpineapple, bananaand, again, honey or caramel. Acid on the back end keeps this from being a fruit bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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