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THE STORY AND A FEW GREAT WINES MADE FROM IT
Despite all the Chardonnay lovers and I am huge fan of Chablis or Meursault but we got to remember how Sauvignon Blanc makes great wines! In the old world, you can’t miss Loire or Bordeaux use it alone in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Saint-Bris in Burgundy is also sometimes forgotten that it is good and more than suitable for cooler climate. With the addition of semillon you can also find dry whites like Fumé Blanc, or sweet wines like Sauternes probably the most famous desert/foie gras wine.
New-Zealand export Sauvignon at 90%, but you’ll find Sauvignon also in the US, Australia, South Africa or Argentina.
Quite good too if you can age it in a wine cellar, and a way more affordable Sauternes is
Sancerre recommandations one expensive and one more affordable :
Now in Pouilly-Fume one expensive choice and a second more affordable :
WARNING : Don’t get confused between Pouilly-Fume from Loire made with Sauvignon and Pouilly-Fuisse from Burgundy made with Chardonnay!
For any recommandation from New Zealand, I strongly advise you to visit available reviews of our partner Julien Miquel from Social Vignerons, wine expert located in NZ.
So I will drop one famous one only :
I’d like to mention South Africa for being a great region for Sauvignon, not too fruity and less on the tropical notes. Probably the older wine history in the new world, back in 1685!
In Granitic mountains and a light breeze of the Ocean is the wine from Klein Constantia, excellent and very refreshing with light fruits and perfect acidity. A kind of an old school Sauvignon from Loire or Saint-Bris, neither to herbaceous or exotic. Well balanced :
WHAT TO EAT WITH SAUVIGNON?
Because it’s a fresh wine (specially from cool climate) with a often mint touch and usually herbaceous notes. Note that from Loire it will be more crispy and grassy if from New Zealand’s like Marlborough. Known to be very fruity, Sauvignon will tend to be either on the citrus / pink grapefruit side or more exotic with pineapple / kiwi aromas on the other side.
As a fresh white it should pair well with Salmon, Tuna or Shellfish, but depending on the style pairing could be great with lamb or goat cheese!
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Cheers to your next Sauv’ experience!
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