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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  • Hadn't read about the absence of brett in G-L but whoever wrote that was ... of Sauternes is undoubtedly Semillon and if you decrease it, you get a lemony wine that is fresh but ends up losing the rich, deep nature of the great, sweet wines of Bordeaux.’He also said the vintage was marked by very high acidity.Maybe, I didn't do any tests, but ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Bordeaux


  • Quite the sea change in Bordeaux as prices seem a bit more affordable these days (as opposed to the 2009 bull rush just 5-6 years ago), and it appears they have a vintage that strikes the right balance between cool and warm. Not a too hot or too cold year that is, probably the first one like it since 2008.Eyeing Grand Puy Lacoste at $53/each, Du... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Bordeaux


  • Ricardo Santos Semillon 2015

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    I struggled with the taste of this wine and while it was very singular it proved to be nice and pleasant Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. ... Clairette Blanche, Viognier, SemillonLightly oaked and lightly floral aromas of white blossom, white peach, green apple and lemon. With a touch of sweet fruit on the approach, this settles into an oaky, herbal and citrus noted blend of lemon, tangerine, honeyed me... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Chateau Brown Pessac Leognan Blanc 2013

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    This Pessac-Leognan blanc was well received by critics upon release, and, ... ... lemon grass one moment and Semillon the next with fig and spiced apple; colour is quite deep yellow and entry is infused with cake spice, granny smith apple pie and musk. One of the best of the 2013 vintage. 9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Perles de Bessan Crémant de Bordeaux NV

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    light, with some acid tartness Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau la Graviere Entre-Deux-Mers 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jody Paul


  • Chateau Dolibey Entre Deux Mers 1988

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £3 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/106650.It is from the Entre Deux Mers appellation.This appellation was established in 1937 for white wines from 'between the seas ' ie the tidal estuarys of the Garonne and Dordogne.This is a very large area and it overlaps a number of other appellations such... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Postales del Fin del Mundo Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling NV

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    Lightly nutty, honeyed aromas of green apple and peach. Fresh and lively palate with zesty citrus notes of tangerine, grapefruit and lemon with some stone fruit coming through as well, soft mousse and bright acidity make for a fun, easy drinking selection Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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