Cards of Wine

Sauvignon Blanc (World)

Sauvignon Blanc is from Bordeaux and Loire Valley in France.
One of the most popular grapes in the world (nr.8 in 2019).
The name means "wild white".

Profile

Sauvignon Blanc has high acidity, high fruit aromas and low alcohol.

Color: From Green Hues (typical Marlborough) to Pale Straw.
Straw if oaked or from warm climate.
Green in the color green in the taste!

Body
Sweetness
Fruit
Acidity

Flavors

Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic dry wine, known for its green and herbaceous aromas.

Fruit. Citrus. Lime. Grapefruit. Orange.
Green Apple. White Peach. Apricot.
Gooseberry. Pineapple. Passion Fruit. Lychee.

Herbs. Fresh-Cut Grass. Blackcurrant Leaves. Lemon Grass.
Green Bell Pepper. Asparagus.

Flowers. Iris. Acacia. Linden. Elder.

Mineral. Flint. Wet Stone. Ozone. Gun Powder (Pouilly Fumé).

Chemical. Ammonia. Pipi du Chat (Cat Pee).

Unripe grapes often produces lime, gooseberries, green fruit and apple flavors.

Ripe grapes can add grapefruit, green melon and passion fruit aromas.

Highly ripe grapes can move towards peaches and nectarine.

Cooler regions can move the flavors towards vegetal and herb qualities like celery, fresh-cut grass, and green peppers.

Warmer regions move the flavors towards more citrus and tropical fruit.

Food Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc is super food friendly, especially with Seafood, Fish and Veggies.

Aperitif.
Seafood. Mussels. Crab. Clams. Lobster.
Fried White Fish. Sea Bass.
White Sea Bass with Citrusy Sauce (Sancerre).
Fried-Fish Sandwiches with Jalapeño-Spiked Tomatoes (Chile).
Grilled Salmon or Trout. Smoked Salmon.
Salmon or Trout with Vinegar Cucumber Salad.
Sushi. Sashimi. Wasabi (South Africa).
Chicken. Turkey. Pork Chop.
Green Salads. Avocado. Vinegar.

Fresh Green Herbs. Parsley. Basil. Thyme. Mint. Capers. Tarragon. Rosemary. Coriander.

Spring vegetables. Asparagus. Artichokes. Cucumber. Fennel. Tomatoes.

Cheese. Goat. Feta.

Serving temperatures:
8-10°C (46-50°F)

The Ideal Glass

The shape of the glass does in fact change the taste of the wine!

The best choice is a tulip shaped glass that keeps the aromas inside, takes your nose closer, and directs the wine to the middle of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is emphasized.

Sauvignon Blanc is acidic on the palate and using this glass your tongue forms a U shape and naturally guides the wine right down the center.

The narrow rim will tilt your head back and accelerates the speed of the wine to your tongue.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold. Remember to hold your glass by the stem!

The World of Sauvignon Blanc

France
France produces the most elegant Sauvignon Blanc in the world.

Regions: Loire Valley and Bordeaux.

Subregion Loire Valley: Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé.

Subregion Boredaux: Graves, Entre-deux-Mers.

New Zealand
New Zealand produces the most popular Sauvignon Blanc in the world.

Region: Marlborough.

Australia
Australia can produce amazing variations of Sauvignon Blanc.

Regions: Adelaide Hills and Margaret River.

Italy
Italian Sauvignon Blanc is known to be light and herbal.

Regions: Friuli and Alto Adige.

Austria
Austrian Sauvignon Blanc is known to be aromatic.

Region: Steiermark.

Chile
Chilean Sauvignon Blanc displays high acid and citrusy flavors.

South Africa
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 wines.

Region: California.

Subregion: Napa and Sonoma.

About

Romantic Past. A sensational discovery was made in 1996 at UC Davis: Sauvignon Blanc is the father of Cabernet Sauvignon, the mother is Cabernet Franc.

600 years ago (recently in the wine grape world) a french love affair took place between nearby vineyards as a spontaneous crossing, with the complicity of a strong wind or perhaps an insect pollinating the flowers.

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.

Confusin. 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).