Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

The blend used for White Graves and Sauternes and rarely encountered outside France. In the great dry whites of Graves, Sauvignon Blanc tends to predominate in the blend, although properties such as Smith Haut Lafite use 100% Sauvignon Blanc while others such as Laville Haut Brion have as much as 60% Sémillon in their final blends. Sauvignon Blanc wines can lose their freshness and fruit after a couple of years in bottle - if blended with Sémillon, then the latter bolsters the wine when the initial fruit from the Sauvignon fades. Ultimately Sauvignon Blanc gives the wine its aroma and raciness while Sémillon gives it backbone and longevity.

In Sauternes, Sémillon is dominant, with Sauvignon Blanc playing a supporting role - it is generally harvested about 10 days before Sémillon and the botrytis concentrates its sweetness and dampens Sauvignon Blanc`s naturally pungent aroma. It contributes acidity, zip and freshness to Sauternes and is an important component of the blend.

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2015 Château Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2015
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2016 Lune d'Argent, Clos des Lunes, Bordeaux
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2016
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2017 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2017
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2018 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2018
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1989 Château Suduiraut, Crème de Tête, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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1989
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2015 L'Extravagant de Doisy Daëne, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2015
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2018 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2018
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2009 Château Rieussec, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2009
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2013 Château Doisy Daëne, Barsac, Bordeaux
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2013
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2015 Cullen Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon, Western Austrailia
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2015
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2015 Château Coutet, Barsac, Bordeaux
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2015
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2009 Château Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2009
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2015 Valandraud Blanc, Bordeaux
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2015
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2014 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2014
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2009 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2009
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2009 Château Coutet, Barsac, Bordeaux
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2009
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2013 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2013
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2009 L'Extravagant de Doisy Daëne, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2009
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12.5% Alcohol
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2014 Château Suduiraut, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2014
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2016 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2016
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2016 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2016
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2014 Château Rieussec, Sauternes, Bordeaux
White
2014
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14.0% Alcohol
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2014 Château Doisy Daëne, Barsac, Bordeaux
White
2014
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13.0% Alcohol
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2014 Blanc de Lynch-Bages, Bordeaux
White
2014
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13.0% Alcohol
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2016 L'Extravagant de Doisy Daëne, Sauternes, Bordeaux
White
2016
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12.5% Alcohol
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2016 Château Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
White
2016
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14.0% Alcohol
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