Sauvignon Blanc Grape Wine

Sauvignon Blanc Grape Wine

Saovignon Blanc is an aromatic grape, which ripens early and is mostly grown in cool-climate vineyards. Its range extends from featherweight, tangy, dry white wines like Sauvignon de Touraine, to the ripe, almost tropical-like fruitiness obtained in California, where the less common addition of oak is often adopted and labeled 'Fumé Blanc'. Sauvignon Blanc thrives on chalk or gravel soils.

In France, Sauvignon Blanc finds its greatest expression at the eastern end of the Loire Valley, at Sancerre and Pouilly Fume (Pouilly Sur Loire), but this is matched in New Zealand, particularly in the Marlborough district. The New Zealand style - all the rage today - offers a stunning combination of zesty fruit and richer melon undertones which burst into action as soon as the cork is drawn, or indeed the cap is loosened.

In Bordeaux, a few chateaux, such as La Mission Haut-Brion and Domaine de Chavalier, lavish attention on Sauvignon, carefully blending it with Sémillon and ageing the blend in oak. These rich, lanolin-textured wines are allowed to age for decades, but most Sauvignon Blancs are consumed as young wines. Sauvignon Blanc can play an extremely important supporting role to Sémillon, in both dry and sweet wines. This is particularly the case in Bordeaux, as Sémillon, naturally low in acidity, gains a fresh and youthful attribute from its presence.

The Sauvignon Blanc grape is grown in the Loire and St Bris (Northern Burgundy) in France, New Zealand, USA, Western and South Australia, South Africa and Chile.

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