Country Until a few years ago you would have thought France for classic Sauvignon Blanc, normally from the Loire or in a blend from Bordeaux, but since the success of New Zealands pungent, fruit driven Sauvignon, the worlds idea of classic has been reset! But there are other areas that are successful with this variety, recently cool areas in Chile have come on board ( Limari, San Antonio and Casablanca valleys ) and Souith Africa as well as Australia and California.
Style Dry with high acidity which drops to medium in warmer climates and pungent aromas.
Flavours to expect Pungent, stone fruit with elderflower and tropical fruits mixed in, are flavours you would think of for warmer climates, when it is marginal ( France - Loire) then the flavours can verge towards vegetal with grass and tomatoe. Oak adds sweet spice and creamy honeyed flavours.
Characteristics It is a wine that is good as a varietal but blends well and reacts to lees ageing very well and the latter protects it against oxidation. Oak is used in Bordeaux blends and also in California where Robert Mondavi created a Fume Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc is susceptible to Botrytis infestation - not as much a Semillon, and so can be used to create sweet dessert wines in certain areas ( Australia, France and Chile).
Problems Can be a little one dimensional, and does not improve with age in bottle.
Points of Note It is an easy wine to sell, popular and well-recognised.
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