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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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • New South Wales

    New South Wales is state and wine-producing region within the Federal Commonwealth of Australia...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • South Australia

    South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the cou...

  • Rhône

      Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regi...

  • Sauternes

      Sauternes is a region in the Graves part of Bordeaux, south of the Garonne river which is ...

  • Hunter Valley

    Hunter Valley is the best known region within the state of New South Wales in Australia. The up...

Popular Wineries using Sémillon

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

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Sémillon on Snooth

  • Forlorn Hope Nacre Semillon Yountville 2010

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    Nacre =Mother of pearl, wine was made specifically for oysters Vines planted in ... farmed, organically farmed Semillon in the heart of napa valley. Savory, green almost pickle, jalapeño, and naples aromas on the nose. This is tight in the mouth with big acids supporting youthful grapefruit flavors on the palate. With just a hint of beeswax on... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • A big trend in Oz wine now is global warming and planting more Mediterranean ... being able to produce its Semillon and Shiraz despite flood,fire,heatwaves and coal mines.The other big trend is to export wine and wine making expertise to China.  As their middle class start buying wine for "face"- the icons like Grange and HOG (Henschke's Hill ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australian Chardonnay - More...


  • DMCKER,there are a couple of Steven Harvey's in Australia, however I ... ... have to taste an aged Hunter Semillon, and a young one for comparison. You need to taste a Hunter Shiraz, and probably a Chardonnay, a Granite Belt Verdelho, one of the Boireanne reds from the Granite Belt, or Sirromet reds, Clonakilla's Shiraz Viognier, a Hilltops Sh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • But so are so many Australian wines, whites in particular. Riesling, Semillon, Albarino, Verdejo, and even the cursed Sauvignon Blanc all seem to do well in Australia, given the right circumstances. Between Antarctica and Australia there's what? The ocean. So I would never dismiss their wines and odd as it may seem, their Rieslings are more ofte... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australian Chardonnay - More...


  • Let me start by saying I pretty much drink chardonnay from France or California. If it's 90% butter and little else, I'm out. If it tastes like lemon juice and weeds, I'm also out. If California, I'm looking for nicely developed fruit profile without so much oak that it taste like I'm sucking on a tree. I like Peter Michael chardonnay ***a lot**... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australian Chardonnay - More...


  • Grange is great, however I have been lucky enough to attend tastings where it ... years, unless it is Hunter Semillon (and Shiraz in 11 but not 08), Western Australian, Tasmanian (esp Southern Tasmanian), South Australian in 08 (but not 11) or Granite Belt,Qld in 08 (but not 1 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Chateau de Bern Sainte-Croix du-Mont 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... wine consists of 85% Semillon,10% sauvignon blanc and 5% muscadelle.I started my bottle last night with my supper of a plate of cheese and I did enjoy it. It is very sweet and there is plenty of an apricot and pear style fruit there, It is not a bad desert wine although I have ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Traditionally Sake or Beer, however I even wonder about Blanc de Blanc ... or ... ... or Viura, Hunter Valley Semillon, Clare Valley Riesling, Margaret River Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blends, Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne, NZ Gewurztraminer, Riesling or Pinot Gris/Grigio, Mornington Peninsula Pinot Grigio, Granite Belt Verdelho, and the rarest of t... Read More

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  • Just finished tasting Ballabourneen The Stuart 2013 Chardonnay (Australian Wine Selectors Hunter Valley Series January 2014 dozen), bottled under screwcap. Supposed to have a "round and subtle biscuity finish" Well the bottle I tasted was way to subtle for me I'm afraid! I think it is due to last week's tasting of the Tapanappa  2008 Tiers Picca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  •   So here's the next challenge I'm throwing down to those who think they can match wine to anything. ;-)Less tropical than either the first challenge or the second one--match wines to this locale and cuisine ,,, First some scenery, both countryside and urban. Will show different seasons because time-of-year has a great effect on menus in this co... Read More

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