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Grape Varieties - Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

Well, it's Sauvignon Blanc, innit? Darling of the wine bars and ladies who lunch...and pretty much everyone else with a thirst on a hot day for that matter. The origins of Sauvignon Blanc are almost certainly Bordelais and from there it spread to the satellite appellations of that region and onwards to the Loire, where the most celebrated mono-varietal Sauvignons are cultivated: Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre and their less well-known neighbours Reuiily, Quincy and Menetou-Salon. DNA analysis of Sauvignon Blanc has thrown up some fascinating tidbits. With Cabernet Franc it is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon; it is probably related to both Traminer and Chenin Blanc. And its natural acidity is employed in Sémillon blends to counter that grape's propensity to flab. It has, of course, adapted very well to the New World, helped by clones that deal with its natural weaknesses: excessive vigour and susceptibility to fungal diseases.

 

Signature Style

Signature Style

Crisp, aromatic white wine displaying flavours and aromas of citrus, herbs, grass, gooseberries, currant leaves. Occasionally oaked into a style known as Fumé Blanc, in which instance the grape's naturally aromatic character in suppressed by additional ripening required for the wine to take the wood.

Famous Examples

Famous Examples

Sancerre; Pouilly Fumé; Menetou Salon; Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux!

Principle Regions

Principle Regions

Bordeaux; the Loire Valley; Marlborough, New Zealand.

Synonyms

Synonyms

Beyaz Sauvignon, Blanc Doux, Blanc Fume, Bordeaux Bianco, Douce Blanche, Feher Sauvignon, Feigentraube, Fie, Fie dans le Neuvillois, Fume, Fume Blanc, Fume Surin, Genetin, Gennetin, Gentin a Romorantin, Gros Sauvignon, Libournais, Melkii Sotern, Muskat Silvaner, Muskat Sylvaner, Muskatani Silvanec, Muskatni Silvanec, Muskatsilvaner, Painechon, Pellegrina, Petit Sauvignon, Picabon, Piccabon, Pinot Mestny Bely, Pissotta, Puinechou, Punechon, Punechou, Quinechon, Rouchelin, Sampelgrina, Sarvonien, Sauternes, Sauvignon, Sauvignon Bianco, Sauvignon Bijeli, Sauvignon Blanco, Sauvignon Fume, Sauvignon Gros, Sauvignon Jaune, Sauvignon Jeune, Sauvignon Petit, Sauvignon Vert, Sauvignon White, Savagnin, Savagnin Blanc, Savagnin Musque, Savagnou, Savignon, Servanien, Servonien, Servoyen, Souternes, Sovinak, Sovinjon, Sovinjon Beli, Sovinon, Spergolina, Surin, Sylvaner Musque, Uva Pelegrina, Weisser Sauvignon, Zöld Ortlibi.

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