Sauvignon Blanc from around the World

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Sauvignon Blanc from around the World

When tasting the Sauvignon Blanc grape one often feels they are drinking a refreshing, crisp, dry and mouthwatering glass of grapefruit juice. Although the grape originates in the Bordeaux region of France it can be found around the world.
In France, besides the common tropical and citrus notes, one will notice more of the mineral aspect from the earth, such as limestone, chalk, and flint. With California you will oftentimes notice pineapple and sometimes lemongrass. In New Zealand the grapefruit comes through the strongest, but you will also notice a vegetal component, like when you smell the leaves of fresh tomato plants.
The refreshing and mouthwatering aspect of the Sauvignon Blanc grape is due to its high acidity and, most of the time, low alcohol levels. The clean crisp and zesty attributes are due to the fact that it is oftentimes produced by fermenting and/or aging in stainless steel.
A glass of Sauvignon Blanc tends to pair best with seafood such as shellfish and milder fish like sole and Sea Bass. But do not discount it as a complement to Asian dishes, green herbs such as parsley and mint, and even goat cheese.
In France you have the dry Sauvignon Blancs of the Loire Valley, the most famous of which are Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre. Another appellation, Touraine, provides equally impressive examples. For $13.99 try the 2015 St Roch. Here the chalky and flinty soil helps the acidity be the key player. The wine tends to be fresh and crisp with notes of lemon, pear, apple, and peach.
The more rocky terrain in the Bordeaux region allows for lighter style Sauvignon Blanc with floral aromas and pear, melon, and apricot flavors. I recommend those that come from Graves. An interesting side note – in the 17th century Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc were crossed to make Cabernet Sauvignon.
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, specifically those from the Marlborough region, truly showcase that glass of grapefruit juice. To a lesser extent expect notes of asparagus, chili peppers, and tropical fruits of pineapple, guava, papaya, and passion fruit. And to many, the previously mentioned vegetal component is more of an aroma of cat pee. The 2015 Nobilo for $14.99 shows ripe tropical fruits of passion fruit and pineapple and leaves a clean and crisp finish.
The United States is known more for the riper style of Sauvignon Blanc with a richer mouth feel. Fruit flavors of melon, peach, and apricot and citrus flavors like lime and pink grapefruit often dominate. The 2015 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc for $13.99 has aromas of papaya, grapefruit, pineapple and guava with softer notes of lemongrass and citrus. On the palate, the wine opens with bright, tropical flavors, followed by crisp, refreshing acidity and a long, clean, balanced finish.
If you want a very different style of white wine than Chardonnay try a Sauvignon Blanc. Pick up a bottle and enjoy a refreshing glass with wonderful mouthwatering acidity that will keep you coming back for more.
Cheers!
Bryant, Wine Buyer