Discover the diversity of Sauvignon Blanc

Discover the diversity of Sauvignon Blanc

Originally from western France, Sauvignon Blanc (often simply called Sauvignon) is a white grape variety that is now grown and established in many of the worlds wine regions with varying degrees of success. Some of France’s finest Sauvignon can be found in Bordeaux famous appellations of Graves, Pessac-Léognan and the twin, Loire appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

Today, Sauvignon Blanc is an incredibly popular grape variety, which has enjoyed new found fame in New Zealand, South Africa, Western Australia and Chile.

Many New World Sauvignon Blancs are fermented at low temperatures to preserve as much of its youthful fruit as humanly possible. The use of oak is kept to a minimum as many New World producers prefer the use of stainless steel or in some cases concrete however, some key producers are now working with specific, concentrated, low yielding blocks, which can not only withstand the judicious use of oak, it actually makes the wine more complex for it.

Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Semillon, Muscadelle and a little Sauvignon Gris – the latter grape being the ‘magic’ ingredient at the famed Château Smith Haut Lafitte.

Sauvignon Blanc is also a key component to the great sweet wines of Bordeaux (Sauternes and Barsac) where it plays the supporting role to the dominate grape, Semillon. Semillon is magically rich and luscious however, it needs Sauvignon Blancs acidity to balance the wine.

The flavour profile is varied; from asparagus, gooseberry, nettles, pea shoots and mint to passionfruit, gunflint and minerals.

Can Sauvignon Blanc age? In short, most are produced for early consumption and bottle age will simply do little for the wine however, there are key producers who specially create a dry Sauvignon Blanc, which can last many decades and in some cases, need this time for the wine to emerge from its shell.

We have amassed a stunning and varied collection of Sauvignon Blanc which uncovers the diversity of this superb grape variety.

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