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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  • There are so many great value wines right under our noses that we often miss ... of the top wine today 100% Semillon right there on the label. Still, there is a bit of schizophrenia here, seeing as the varietal label continues to play a distant second fiddle to the moniker Bordeaux. All powerful, and deeply imbued with perceived cache, particu... Read More

    From the article Wow! Is That White Bordeaux?

  • Chateau Pilet Bordeaux Blanc 2012


    Not much going on on the nose besides some steely notes and a touch of polleny fruit, Simple, bright and lime driven in the mouth, this shows fruit that is fading in a lean, easy to drink style that finishes with a touch of dusty gravel. 80pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Roc de Sansac Bordeaux Blanc 2013


    Sauvignon 70% Semillon 30% Tight on the nose with a hint of toasty oxidation followed by lovely floral, pollen and almost honeycomb notes laid over orchard fruits. This is perfumey on the nose. Round and opulent, if a touch soft on entry, there are nice almost honeyed notes early on the palate, very ripe apple fruit that is tempered on the midp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Charron Bordeaux Blanc 2012


    Charron 80% Semillon 20% Sauvignon Attractively herbal on the nose with underlying hints of green apples supporting lightly spicy nettle and grass aromas all topped with a hint of lemon. Simple and fresh in the mouth with bright flavors of lemon and lime. This is supple and easy going with a hint of fleshiness on the palate, though certainly eno... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Timberlay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Bordeaux Blanc 2012


    A little reduced and funky when first poured, this cleans up relatively nicely revealing a rather savory nose that shows hints of smoke, dried herbs, thyme and subtle shades of gooseberry fruit, though a hint of sulfur does persist. Focused, clean and fairly precise in the mouth, this drives across the palate with freshness and acid driven stone... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Capelle Bordeaux Blanc 2011


    Sauvignon blanc, 55%, Muscadelle, 25% and Semillon, 20% A touch smoky on the nose and stony with firm, dried fruit framed aromas of citrus. Big and fairly broad in the mouth with a nice array of stony citrus fruits and hints of pollen and honeycomb on the palate. This has both some richness in the mouth and an edge of austerity that help drive t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau de Castelnau Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 2012


    Sauvignon Blanc 40%, Semillon 40%, Muscadelle 20% Tight and waxy on the nose with subtle hints of red fruit, clay earth, and leathery dried herbs. Bright on entry, this shows some serious richness and volume in the mouth. Just a lovely mouthfeel, rich but bright delivering subtle fruit flavors that range from quince to gooseberry, white cherry a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau la Perriere Semillon Bordeaux Blanc 2012


    Tight on the nose with hints of apples and green herbs. Aromatically this is decidedly restrained, and in the mouth one finds a subtle wine but one that blends a fine edge of richness and bright acid support quite well. This does have quite a nice weight in the mouth, never ponderous nor dull, with waxy fruit and hints of apricot on the palate f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I just read, with some envy I might add, a report on a dinner of quite ... ... Chateau la Perriere, a 100% Semillon bottling that clocks in at 12% alcohol, for my dinner. Dinner was Hawaiian style ribs, marinated in ginger, garlic, jalapeno, onion, pineapple juice and soy sauce, slow smoked with mesquite and served along with a classic Greek s... Read More

    From the article Stuck in the Middle.

  • Met a friend from out of town at Envy and we tasted a few wines with Robin and ... that replacement Tofanelli Semillon for you. I promise not to drink this on Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

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