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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  • Azure Bay Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2002

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    This was a most surprising beautiful wine. Highly recommended and a great price. Please try Read More

    Wine review by JulieStewart


  • Thank you, Dvogler. I had suspected the other commenters might not be complete ... franc, and gamay; viognier, semillon,  and pinot blanc. These grapes produce wines that suit my palate better than the wines from varietals like syrah, cab sauv, sauv blanc, and some of the others.I think my prejudice stems from the practice of so many US vintne... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • So happy to be amongst fellow oenophiles! I am a freelance copywriter, writing in the food, wine, and spirits industry.I am here to share my personal enthusiasm for wines, not for professional reasons.I live in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, where no one grows wine grapes to produce actual wine. I am just slightly better informed than a complete novi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • This weekend is the Taste of Sonoma/Wine Country Weekend in Sonoma County with ... with ... Envy Late Harvest Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Was quite the lineup and was fun to be on the other side of the bottle answering questions and chatting with the customers. Sold my first wine too (legally).Wound up the day trying a new and freshly bottled My... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Had an ITB kinda Saturday


  • Damn, a guy would die of thirst waiting for a recommendation from youz ... do ... do OK on your own.FWIW, the Semillon went very well with grilled Ahi, last night, and I'm sure it would have went well with your tuna melts.Last summer I had a Rosé of Syrah from Enkidu, and I have to say it was probably the best rosé I've had in the past few yea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Prince de Saint-Aubin Sauternes 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 10 euros the last time I was in ... Yvon ... Yvon Mau.It consists of 75% semillon,15% sauvignon blanc and 10% muscadelle. I started it this evening with a plate of bread and cheese on my return home after a late Prom concert and I did enjoy it.It is certainly very sweet like honey or syrup and there is plenty ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • A busy week, traveling every sweltering day within Greater Tokyo or to ... 8 ... 8 Estate of Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. Probably in something like an 80/20 proportion. Possibly in the $10~20 range, depending on where you buy it.Not a bad call. Perhaps just a tad too much RS for me since I like beverages tarter than most, but that... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Lock & Worth Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon 2014

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    This Bordeaux-style is perhaps the most singular I've ever tasted, and not ... the exact percentage of the Semillon component, I'd guess at least 20-25% given the smoky nose and subdued fruit - subdued, that is, even for this kind of blend. The palate is teasingly high in acidity and includes a touch of saltiness - almost like a Picpoul de P... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Jaillance Cuvee de l'Abbaye Brut NV

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    Wine review by Margarett


  • The Myriad mailing arrived today. So:2013 Napa Valley Cabernet ... McGah Family Vineyard Semillon Budget would only allow for 1 X bottle of each.  They also had mags and double-mags on which I also passed Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


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