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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  • Chateau Doisy-Vedrines Sauternes 2007

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    The 2007 2nd Growth Doisy-Vedrines is mead-yellow in the glass, darkening slightly from when laid down 9 years ago. The nose is most inviting, with Seville orange marmalade, honey and tropical fruit such as papaya and mango. Entry is heavenly, with more marmalade-citrus, honey and raison. Finish is smooth, lusciously sweet and slightly nutty.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon 2012

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    The 2012 Semillon (with 15% Sauvignon Blanc) from the esteemed L'Ecole No. 41 is quite a treat: the colour is lightly golden, and the nose an invigorating, spicy, nose-twitching, gooseberry. Entry is quite luscious and mature, with more white berry confit, musk and white pepper. Delicious. Much like Hunter Valley (NSW, Australia), only somewh... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Haven't had it yet, but intend to purchase a L'cole no 41 Semillon (2012) at the nearby Cascadia store (wine and beer outlet near Strawberry Vale, Victoria BC).  This will definitely be quite different - probably more like a Hunter Valley example (Australia).  Rare to find here in Canada and especially rare from this producer in an already bottl... Read More

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  • Chateau Brown Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2002

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from the www.cellartrade.co.uk website. ... 70% sauvignon blanc and 30% semillon and was aged in oak barrels for 9 months I started the bottle last night with my supper of smoked salmon and salad. The wine has a very deep amber colour and is definitely a dry wine. There is plenty of a sour [though not unpl... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ricardo Santos Mendoza Argentina Semillon 2018

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    very fruity and clean causing one to insist that it may be a little young Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Cheval Quancard Cuvee Hortense Prestige 2018

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    You see: you do not have to pay an arm and a leg to drink good white Bordeaux; this wine proves the rule... a pale yellow in the glass with an electrifyingly spicy gooseberry nose. So far so good... and entry does not disappoint: smooth white fruit such as kiwi, lychee and gooseberry on the palate, with a clean finish. An excellent wine for th... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Ferran Blanc 2016

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    The Ferran blanc seems steeped in citrus (grapefruit and lime sharpness) on the ... grapefruit peel and a little semillon musk on the finish. Elegant for the price and a second bottle would come easy... 9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Rahoul Blanc 2016

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    The Chateau Rahoul Blanc 2016 is delicious; it presents as pale yellow in the glass, and the nose is of newly mown grass and (predominantly) lemon oil. The entry is spicy (ginger and pepper), with lemon and tropical fruit. A strong, peppery, lingering finish. Excellent value, and shows the genius of the Dourthe family. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Clos l'Abeilley Sauternes 2000

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk ... consists of 75% semillon and 25% sauvignon blanc. and spent 18 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken salad.The wine is a dark and deep amber colour verging on brown.It is very sweet almost like honey or syrup with plenty of an aprico... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Carbonnieux Carbonnieux Blanc Pessac-Leognan 2015

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    The 2015 Carbonnieux has that inviting citric, acidic gooseberry nose which is ... there seems to be lots of Semillon (20%, officially) which makes the entry less herbal and very white berry fresh. This is a mature, balanced and well-made wine with exceptional elegance ( a wide range of soft integrated flavours, e. g.). A triumph. 9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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