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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  • We ought to banish preconceived notions in all areas of life, especially wine. ... enrobe the region’s Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes.The mist clears, and piping hot sunshine dries out the grapes. The conditions allow friendly spores known as Botrytis Cinerea to develop on the grapes. This is the beginning of the hallowed Nob... Read More

    From the article Your Thanksgiving Holiday Show-Stopper


  • On a recent trip to Bordeaux, I had the extreme pleasure of exploring a ... ... see how vastly different the Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes grow in this region. Normally on a wine list or in a wine store, you will find these “golden wines” in the dessert wine section. This is a very common misunderstanding due to the wine’s s... Read More

    From the article There's more to Bordeaux than meets the eye.


  • You know how I feel about Hunter Valley Semillon.  Glad to see someone else enjoying them. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • The Bunkhouse Semillon Hunter Valley 2017

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    Pale straw in color. Lemony on the nose. Light on the palate with lots of citris and finishes with a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Mark, that's quite the diverse lineup, how's the head feeling ... that ... ... that '80 Concannon Semillo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Clos Floridene Blanc 2014

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    Clos Floridene is a good, sauvignon blanc based wine from Graves, and is about right for consumption now. There is the muted herbaceous nose and entry followed by the usual rich finish of white fruit. Drink now or until 2020. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Brown Blanc 2014

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    The 2014 Chateau Brown is filled with nuts and apricot on the nose and entry; there is a hint of apricot preserve on the palate and a deep, apricot-peach finish with a hint of sweetness and musk. Drink now. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 2017 The Bunkhouse Semillon Hunter Valley  Pale straw in color. Lemony on the nose. Light on the palate with lots of citris and finishes with a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Clos des Lunes "Lune d'Argent" 2015

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    Another great white from Domaine de Chevalier. Semillon dominant on the nose (that is, a muted, flat, scent of unripe peach on a light bed of cake spice). The entry is smooth, balanced and refreshing - though more dense and viscous than other Bordeaux Blanc in similar price ranges. Fresh and tasty. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Reynon Blanc 2015

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    This is a fine introduction to grassy, herbaceous regular (but a cut above) ... the strongest attributes of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc... the scent of a slow running stream, for example. The wine has strong - almost stemmy Sauvignon Blanc notes on the palate with obvious aging potential of about 2-4 years. Great Value 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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