The Semillon grape was always considered a bit one dimensional and mediocre by itself so it was often blended with other white wine grapes to produce some pretty amazing wines. However, it has been used by itself in some of the newer grape growing regions like Australia to make dessert wines with great success. In France it is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the superb Sauternes dessert wines which benefit from being infected by the mold called Botrytis Cinerea that shrivels the grapes concentration sugar and acidity. It is also in the mix in various dry white Bordeaux which often have great aging ability. The Australian dessert wines are solely Semillon and also infected with Botrytis like Sauternes and many of them are excellent. Semillon is also blended with Chardonnay by many Australian winemakers and the combination is tasty and refreshing. Wherever they are from you should buy Semillon wines at the Ultimate Wine Shop.
The Chateau Rayne-Vigneau shows a slight chalkiness on the nose that remains very tight despite coaxing from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with mango, guava and passion fruit on the entry, broadening out nicely across... Read More
Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2010 is more Zen-like on the nose compared to the 2009 – more minerality coming through, tense and citric. The palate offers surprising viscosity on the entry with a... Read More