The legend of Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is one of France’s old world wines, originating from the Upper Loire Valley in the Sauvignon Blanc regions surrounding the towns of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire. Distinctive in its flavour and character, the Sauvignon Blanc grape yields a tantalisingly dry and richly fragrant wine.

Discover the character of Sauvignon Blanc

Discovering the character of Sauvignon Blanc

The varying soil and weather conditions across Sauvignon Blanc regions around the world lend this grassy, golden wine a rich versatility. Loire Valley wines express a rich minerality that is a delicate foil to the freshness of citrus and floral notes. A true ‘Val de Loire’ wine is mildly to moderately acidic, and exhibits Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of rich citrus and a complex bouquet of smoky, herb and grassy aromas including lemongrass, basil, celery, tarragon, broom, blackcurrant bud, and tender grass shoots. Meanwhile, new world Sauvignon Blanc exhibits a fleshier and sweeter flavour thanks to the addition of sugar and the diversity of cellar conditions and treatments while retaining the depth of flavour and the sharpness of flint. Often used as an introductory white wine by sommeliers around the world, Sauvignon Blanc is known for being easy to drink and is in vogue as an aperitif and a dessert wine.
Sauvignon Blanc Wine Food Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc from around the world

Sauvignon Blanc wines are broadly classified as being produced in Old World and New World Sauvignon Blanc regions. While this wine is primarily a product of the Loire Valley, its popularity has led to production in Italy, Spain, Romania and Moldova. In terms of New World regions, Sauvignon Blanc is also produced in several countries, including New Zealand, the United States, South Africa, Chile, and Australia. As a result, Sauvignon Blanc flavours stay true to the richness of peach and citrus while expressing versatility in a variety of undertones. New World Sauvignon Blanc wines are crisper and far more assertive in flavour with notes of yellow fruit, grapefruit, mango, and guava. In France, this wine is usually blended with Semillon and Muscadelle wines for a softer, fruitier blend. Sauvignon Blanc food pairing is as versatile as the wine itself! It’s traditionally combined with light goat cheeses and crème fraiche, but it is also the wine of choice for oriental and occidental seafood cuisines that feature haddock, bass, perch, sole, trout, snapper, tilapia, and an assortment of shellfish.