Sémillon

Sémillon

The main grape for Sauternes and particularly successfully grown in Australia's Hunter Valley. Hunter Valley Sémillon is one of Australia’s iconic and unique wines, totally unlike any wine produced elsewhere in the world from the same grape variety.

In youth the wines are quite citrusy and fresh, but are generally perceived to gain hugely in complexity as they age and are deemed to be best drunk when at least 5 years old, frequently lasting for 10 or more years. Unusually for Australia, the alcohol levels rarely exceed 11.5%.

In Bordeaux it is the most widely planted white grape and is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the great long-lived dry whites of Graves as well as the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It is high in alcohol and extract and relatively low in aroma and acidity. Its thin skin makes it very susceptible to botrytis which is prerequisite for the making of Sauternes. It responds well to oak ageing and, while having a lightly lemony aroma when young develops lanolin flavours which some describe as "waxy", as well as a rich, creamy, intense, texture and a deep golden colour.

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2015 Château Suau, Sauternes, Bordeaux
White
2015
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Luscious
13.5% Alcohol
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£30.72 – half litre bottle (50cl)
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2007 Secret de Biac, Cadillac Château Biac
White
2007
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Dry
12.0% Alcohol
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£10,000.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2004 Château Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux
White
2004
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Luscious
13.5% Alcohol
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2007 Château Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux
White
2007
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13.5% Alcohol
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2014 Cullen, Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon, Margaret River, Australia
White
2014
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2015 Ch. Climens, Barsac
White
2015
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Luscious
14.0% Alcohol
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2013 Château Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux
White
2013
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14.0% Alcohol
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2013 Ch. Coutet, Barsac, Bordeaux
White
2013
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13.5% Alcohol
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2011 Ch. Climens, Barsac
White
2011
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13.5% Alcohol
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2003 Château Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux
White
2003
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14.5% Alcohol
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2016 Semillon, Boekenhoutskloof South Africa
White
2016
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Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2017 Semillon, Boekenhoutskloof South Africa
White
2017
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Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2009 Ch. Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux
White
2009
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13.5% Alcohol
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2014 Ch. Climens, Barsac
White
2014
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14.0% Alcohol
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2010 Ch. Guiraud, Sauternes, Bordeaux
White
2010
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Sweet
13.5% Alcohol
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2001 Château Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux
White
2001
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14.0% Alcohol
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2018 Le Petit Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux
White
2018
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Dry
14.5% Alcohol
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Château Climens, Vertical (1978, 1996, 2002, 2006), 12-Bottle Assortment Case
White
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Luscious
13.5% Alcohol
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1998 Château Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux
White
1998
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Luscious
13.0% Alcohol
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