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Sauvignon Blanc Around the World

Elizabeth Bolton

Green skinned grape variety, originating from Bordeaux region of France

In French sauvagne=wild, blanc=white

Origin: indigenous grape in South West France 

Around the World

New Zealand

  • Strong , powerful flavor

  •  Fruity

  • Cold fermentation in stainless steel

  • Originally farmed for green capsicum (bell pepper), gooseberry and lush passion fruit characters

  • Marlborough at the north end of New Zealand's South Island is a prominent area for this fruity grape

Note: Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé (produced in Loire Valley, France)are just about 100% Sauvignon Blanc-Crisp yet not as powerful as New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

France

  • Grown in "maritime climate" of Bordeaux

o   Entre-Deux-Mers

o   Graves and Pessac-Leognan as a dry wine

o   Sauternes as sweet wine

o   Loire Valley: Pouilly Fume Sancerre and Sauvignon de Touraine

  •  Areas allow for vines to ripen which helps the acidic and sugar levels to their proper form

California, Washington, Oregon-Typically herbaceous and grassy

California

Sauvignon Blanc is particularly popular in California where it is rich and flavorful:

  • Leading producer of this grape in North America

  • Napa: 2,718 acres of Sauvignon Blanc

  • Herbaceous and green olive flavor

  • Fruit flavor

  • Climate, soil, and vineyard practices play a part in the flavor of the grape

  • Can be blended with other varietals; for example Semillon making the wine have a honey flavor

  • Crisp, light, fresh, dry 

Chile

  •  High acid

  • Citrus flavor

  • Less acidic to New Zealand

  • Similar flavor to French Sauvignon Blanc

  • Valparaiso has a cool climate where the grape is grown

  • Sauvignon Blanc vines here are referred to as "Seyval blanc"