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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  •  My pal Mike is getting some love this round. Great to see, he works his tail off.2013 Myriad Dr Crane Elysian 100pts2013 Myriad Dr Crane 98pts2013 Myriad Beckstoffer GIII 98pts2013 Myriad Three Twins 94pts2013 Carter To Kalon GTO 100pts2013 Carter To Kalon The OG 100pts2013 Carter Beckstoffer Las Piedras 100pts2013 Carter To Kalon Grand Daddy 9... Read More

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  • It's supposed to be raining like crazy, but, so far, it's been ...  I think this Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend will be fine with grilled trout. Oh, wow.  A very user friendly wine.  Big fruity/floral nose.  On introduction I'm getting serious fruit--green apple, kiwi, ripe peach.  Nice acid tartness makes this very refreshing.  Somethiing of a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Bedrock Sonoma County Cuvee Karatas 2012

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    Really nice white Bordeaux blend of Semillon and Sauv Blanc. This has a deep yellow color in the glass. There's a nice hit of butterscotch and caramel on the nose. In the mouth there is lush notes of ripe pear, honeysuckle, a bit of that butterscotch, nice acidity, a nice mouth coating affect and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • And if you will permit me a tiny bit of thread drift: While we were in Mexico, ... ... was a Mexican Chard/Semillon split, my wife had a Chilean SB.  Both were pretty good, but I'm not running out to buy any--it just wasn't the right place to be drinking and evaluating wine.  Markups in the restos that had wine were pretty fair, but with beer... Read More

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  • Far Niente Dolce 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Again, showing my trust in OT:Ancillary 2014 Sangiacomo Vineyard ChardonnayI ... 2013 McGah Family Vineyard SemillonMyriad 2013 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet SauvignonMyriad 2013 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Elysian Cabernet SauvignonYes, I know that I am in a California rut, and, yes, in OT I trust.Life is goo Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • There are hundreds of sweet wines but if we had a survey to name just one, bet ... grapes Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, (sometimes with a touch of Muscadelle), produce reputably the best sweet wine in the world.  Believe it or not, the key to Sauternes’ quality is rotten grapes. To the uninitiated, they would go straight in the skip but to the... Read More

    From the article How to Find the Best Bottles of Honeyed Heaven


  • Joseph Phelps Sémillon Napa Valley Late Harvest Délice 1989

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    Opened a half-bottle of this and served it with foie gras.Wow...stunning! Deep amber color, wonderful nose. Magnificent flavors of stone fruits...would hold it's own against any Sauternes or Barsac.I did not expect this level of quality in a wine over 25 years old! Read More

    Wine review by niles2


  • This is a report I adapted from my recap on WB. Unfortunately a few guests fell ... the white flight going. Waxy Semillon was dominant with citrus notes and more lovely acidity cutting through the palate. Things started picking up at this point and wines were being popped left and right. No formal notes on this evening. Perhaps others can chime... Read More

    Forum post in the topic You shoulda been there, Old...


  • Andis Wines Semillon 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


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