Sauvignon Blanc [sah-vin-yon blahnk]

Definition: A white grape used to make sweet or dry white wine. Also known as Blanc Fume in the Loire and Fume Blanc in California.

Grown primarily in: Australia, France (Bordeaux, Sauternes and Loire) and United States

Best Climate: Warm to Hot

Winemaking: In Bordeaux, sauvignon blanc is a blending grape with semillon. White Bordeaux blends average 80% semillon, 20% sauvignon blanc. In sauternes the blends are the same as Bordeaux, but the wines are made sweet. In California, sauvignon blanc is usually blended with 5% to 15% semillon.

Nose: Most sauvignon blanc wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel. Some see a little oak aging. Malolactic fermentation is not common, but can be found in some wines

Mouth: Citrus (lemon/lime, grapefruit), gooseberry, floral, grassy, spring flowers. Light to medium body. Crisp acids.

Note: Name means "savage" or "wild white."

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

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Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel