World Famous Grapes
Sauvignon Blanc is grown all over the world, but the best areas are Bordeaux and the Loire Valley
in France and Marlborough in New Zealand.
The Father of Cabernet Sauvignon
A sensational discovery was made in 1996 at the University of California (UC Davis):
About 600 years ago a new vine was born in a French love affair.
With a little help from the wind, and/or perhaps some insects, a spontaneous crossing happened between
Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc and the baby
Cabernet Sauvignon was born.
Sauvignon Blanc Vinification
Sweet Blend. The mold Botrytis Cinerea is required for the production of sweet
wines, such as Sauternes and Barsac, a blend of
Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
Alias. In 1960`s Robert Mondavi coined the new name Fumé Blanc but did not register it
as his own trademark. Fumé (french for smocky) refers to barrel aging and to
Pouilly-Fumé. Today Fumé Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc
are synonyms in US law and not always oaked.
Confusion. Pouilly-Fumé is a french
white wine, from Loire, made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
It should not be confused with Pouilly-Fuissé
, a chardonnay wine from the south
of Burgundy (Mâcon).
AOC Sancerre is an appellation in Loire Valley. White Sancerre is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. While red Sancerre is 100% Pinot Noir.
To retain the characteristic fruity, grassy and citrusy aromas is Sauvignon Blanc fermented in Stainless
Steel Tanks (not in oak).