Sauvignon Blanc

Light, crisp, summertime; just a few words that are often used to describe Sauvignon Blanc. This white can be found all over the world, from California to New Zealand, and from Pouilly-Fume to Sancerre in France. Light and refreshing, Sauvignon Blanc often shows notes of melon, pear and fig followed by a grassy, citrus palate. A classic descriptive used when talking about Sauvignon Blanc is “cat pee.” This may turn your stomach, but it’s simply a concentrated amount of ammonia found in more mineral and flinty soils in which Sauvignon Blanc grows. The fresh, more herbal character of Sauvignon Blanc makes it an excellent match for grilled chicken with herbs, cold cuts and ham. The bright acidity offers balance for richer dishes like fish stews, mussels, scallops and a variety of cheeses such as Brie, Feta and Chèvre.

Key Regions

  • France: Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Bordeaux (white)
  • New Zealand (Marlborough), California (Napa Valley), Chile

Key Attributes

  • Aromas: Cat pee (ammonia), green grass, citrus fruits, stone fruits, gooseberry, grapefruit
  • Flavors: Grapefruit, citrus fruits, mineral, fresh herbs, gooseberry

Classic Pairings

  • Seafood (white fish like cod of halibut), Caesar salad, grilled chicken, cold cuts and soft, acidic cheeses.

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