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Midalidare’s grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc

Part 1: Sauvignon Blanc in a nutshell


All about Sauvignon Blanc in a few words:

  • Second most planted white grape variety (after Chardonnay) worldwide,
  • French variety, the exact origin is still unknown, possibly Loire Valley and Bordeaux Regions,
  • Sauvignon became the parent to Cabernet Sauvignon after a natural crossing with Cabernet Franc in an 18th-Century Bordeaux vineyard,
  • Sauvignon Gris is a pink mutation of Sauvignon Blanc, but Sauvignon Vert and Sauvignon Rose have no known relation with Sauvignon Blanc,
  • Grow vigorously in many soil types, in both cool and warm regions,
  • Early ripening variety, naturally high acidity,
  • In California wine produced from the Sauvignon Blanc grape is also known as Fume Blanc because of a marketing trick used by Robert Mondavi,
  • Sauvignon Blanc can be greatly influenced by decisions in the winemaking process,
  • Oak aging can have a pronounced effect on the wine,
  • Sauvignon Blanc is usually made as a dry, still white wine. However, the variety is used for making sparkling wines,
  • Leave a gram or two of residual sugar adds a richer texture to the wines,
  • Sauvignon Blanc is also used to make the famous Bordeaux dessert wine, Sauternes,
  • The primary fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc are lime, green apple, passion fruit and white peach,
  • What makes Sauvignon Blanc unique are its herbaceous flavours. These flavors come from aromatic compounds called pyrazines and are the secret to Sauvignon Blanc’s taste,
  • Major styles of Sauvignon Blanc wines are: Minerally (Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Tasmania); Citrussy (Bordeaux, Adelaide Hills, Chile); Aromatic herbaceous (New Zealand, South Africa). All styles could be oaked or unoaked,
  • Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical,
  • Best serving temperature for Sauvignon Blanc is between 8ºC and 12ºC. Serve at 8-10ºC if the wine is unoaked and at 10-12ºC if the wine is oaked.
  • Best serving glass is Sauvignon Blanc Glass, although a Regular or Riesling wine glass will work,
  • Sauvignon Blanc is a food-friendly wine, pair with any food you could squeeze a lemon on.


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Part 2: Sauvignon Blanc - The variety

Part 3: Sauvignon Blanc - The terroirs

Part 4: Sauvignon Blanc - The wines

Part 5: Sauvignon Blanc - Serving and storage

Part 6: Sauvignon Blanc - Food pairing

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Sources: VinepairWinefollyJancisrobinson,, Decanter, Wine-searcher,, En.wikipedia, WinemagRiedel

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