(soh-vihn-yawn BLAHNK): Noble white grape variety grown in the Loire and Bordeaux regions of France, with plantings now in other regions. Generally speaking produces soft, assertive, herbaceous, sometimes complex wines.
(So-veen-yawn BlahN) - Noble white grape, native to the Loire and Bordeaux (where it is usually blended with Semillon); also widely planted in the Western U.S., South America, Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere. The wine comes in many styles, depending largely on canopy management or leaf pruning (shaded grapes make a "green," "grassy" style while grapes exposed to sunlight make a characteristically citric style) and whether the wine maker chooses to age the wine in oak. One of my favorite white varietals and, in my opinion, preferable to Chardonnay as a table wine with meals.
Classic white-wine variety commonly planted in the Bordeaux and eastern Loire regions of France. Still a widely grown varietal in the U.S., its production has declined in favor of the popular Chardonnay. It shows a tendency towards a grassy, herbaceous flavor in the wine when the grapes are grown in temperate regions. In warmer regions, the flavors and aromas tend to be more citruslike, (e.g: grapefruit or pear), plus the characteristic "earthy" taste. New Zealand has had much success with the grape in recent years.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white-grape variety from Bordeaux and the Loire areas of France, where it makes superb sweet and dry white wine. Its grassy/steely and sometimes asparagus-like character attracts either love or loathing. Do try a good one or two, because it is different. Sometimes blended with Semillon.
It is the grape best known from the Sancerre region of France. It is also grown in New Zealand, Bordeaux, South Africa, California, and Washington state. Sauvignon blanc has wild, untamed flavors of grass, herbs, and green tea that are often overlaid with a smokiness.
More and more each year, Sauvignon Blanc (also called Fume Blanc) gains strength as a less-pricey alternative to Chardonnay. The wines made from this grape range from fruity and forward to barrel fermented and oaky. The best are fresh and lively with cris
An aromatic variety responsible for distinctive whites such as France's Sancerre, California's Fumé Blancs and many of New Zealand's best whites. In cool climates, their aroma is often grassy, herbal and gooseberry-like, but in warmer regions they tend toward tropical scents like passion fruit and pineapple.
A classic white grape widely planted in the Bordeaux and eastern Loire regions of France. Has a distinctive grassy edge to its aroma. Also widely grown in the United States. In New Zealand, it has thrived and today is a sought-after, fashionable alternative white wine.
The acidity present makes this a good blending variety. It adds zest to bland wines and is most often blended with Sémillon. This grape produces dry, fresh whites, that should be drunk young. Aromas of green grass and gooseberries (cat pee, apparently). Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé from the Loire are made from Sauvignon blanc grapes. New Zealand also has good varieties.
a white grape variety. The white wine relative of Cabernet Sauvignon and a white wine varietal with a particularly assertive personality. Flavors run from citrus-gooseberry intensity to round, rich, melon and fig.
The famous white grape of the Sancerre region of France as well as New Zealand. Sauvignon blanc also grows in Bordeaux (where it is usually blended with semillon), South Africa, and in California and Washington state. Its wonderfully wild, untamed flavors are often reminiscent of grass, herbs, green tea and limes, often overlaid with a smokiness. In California, sauvignon blanc can also take on green fig and white melon flavors.
This white varietal from France is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile of grapes. From dry, tart, mouth puckering to rich, creamy, and oaky and even to dessert wines, there is a Sauvignon Blanc for every taste and budget. Melons, cut grass, hay, and peaches are common descriptors. Pouilly-FumÃ¨, Sancerre, and Bordeaux blanc are classic french examples, though more expensive white Bordeaux have a higher percentage of semillon. California and New Zealand are turning out an excellent range as well. Serve with chevre (goat cheese) and crusty bread, cold seafood, salade nicoise, daurade with vegetables aoili, or lemon chicken.
Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which probably originates from the Bordeaux region of France. It is now planted in much of the world's winelands, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine.