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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is gaining more and more popularity world wide.

Sauvignon Blanc is very aromatic. The wineries' task is largely to steer the aromas in the right direction. The aromatic touch means that some never completely reconcile with Sauvignon Blanc. The grape is perceived as too intrusive in taste. Sauvignon Blanc showcases different flavors depending on where it is grown. However, the herbal green character is a common denominator wherever it is grown.

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).

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 in Europe

France is known to produce the most elegant Sauvignon Blancs in the world.
Regions: Loire Valley (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé) and Bordeaux (Bordeaux Blanc).

Italian Sauvignon Blanc is known to be light and herbal.
Regions: Friuli and Alto Adige.

Austrian Sauvignon Blanc is known to be aromatic.
Region: Steiermark.

New World Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand produces the most popular Sauvignon Blanc in the world.
Region: Marlborough.

Australia can produce amazing variations of Sauvignon Blanc.
Regions: Adelaide Hills and Margaret River.

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc displays high acid and citrusy flavors.

South African Sauvignon Blanc is known to be ripe and tropical.
Region: Stellenbosch.

USA (Fumé Blanc)
The name Fumé Blanc is only used for American Sauvignon Blanc.
Region: California (Napa and Sonoma).

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