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March 2 & 3, 2018 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in Graz, Austria

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February 9, 2018 Closing date for entries and samples collection

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March 19, 2018 Results announcement online

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Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

Sauvignon’s outstanding aromatic qualities make it one of the most popular varietals across the globe. Consumer recognition prompted the inception of a Concours Mondial or global competition, open to all producer wine regions in both hemispheres.

The competition is designed to:

  • promote good quality Sauvignon varietal wines,
  • boost production and sensible drinking of Sauvignon wines
  • introducing the public to this multi-faceted, versatile grape variety

The Sauvignon grape variety boasts recognition and popularity on the international scene, both at trade and consumer level.

The popularity of Sauvignon blanc prompted us to create a steering committee to promote dialogue

A place of honour for Sauvignon

Latest Articles

From the steering Committee – More articles

  • Photo credit: Sicavac

Loire researchers arm Sauvignon wine growers for the future

Grapevine trunk diseases and declining genetic diversity are two major concerns for the global wine industry. Loire technical outreach centre Sicavac in Sancerre has been striving to [...]

  • Marianne’s Sauvignon blanc vineyards (photo courtesy of Marianne)

Beyond “crisp and clean” – the emergence of wooded Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa

Sauvignon Blanc has become the go-to grape for myriad consumers worldwide. Christian Eedes, editor of Winemag.co.za, looks at how South African wine producers are revisiting the varietal to [...]

Sauvignon Blanc spanning the Alps and the Black Sea

The area of the Balkans discovered the beauty and versatility of Sauvignon Blanc relatively late, but its popularity is now soaring. Serbian journalist Tomislav Ivanovic, a guest contributor [...]

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Promote your Medals – More actions

2017 Results Announcement at ProWein

The official announcement of the results of the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2017 will take place at the ProWein fair in Düsseldorf. All trophy winners will be revealed [...]

DELIVERY OF SAMPLES FOR 2017 TO SALON DES VINS DE LOIRE AND VINISUD

Producers registered for Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2017 can deliver their samples directly to our stand at the following fairs: Salon des Vins de Loire STAND VINOPRES –Grand [...]

Origins

Sauvignon blanc is a French grape variety that is probably a descendant of Sauvignon. It later paired naturally with Cabernet Franc to produce Cabernet-Sauvignon. Its name is a combination of the words ‘wild’ and ‘white’, the former term referring to its strong vine vigour.

Distribution

In 2010, Sauvignon blanc ranked 8th amongst the 10 most widely planted grape varieties worldwide with around 110,000 hectares. One third of its acreage is still in France and 50% in Europe. Over 30 countries grow Sauvignon, primarily New Zealand, Chile, South Africa, the United States, Australia, Bulgaria and Spain.

Taste profile

Freshness, aromatic intensity and acidity. Aromas in young wines: boxwood, blackcurrant bud, broom, cat’s wee, lemon, grapefruit and passion fruit.
Its varying taste profile makes it very versatile in terms of food pairings and drinking occasions. Vibrant acidity and a refined, clear-cut texture are key themes on the palate.

Viticulture

Sauvignon is a relatively lowyielding, medium-ripening grape that flourishes in cool climates but has an acidity that appeals to warm climate producer regions. It reflects vintage variation, sense of place and climatic conditions. Its vigour requires strict vineyard management.

Versatility

Sauvignon thrives in many different climates and on a variety of soil types. It is suitable for producing dry and sweet wines, single varietals and blends.

Ageing capacity

Average cellaring capacity is 5 years, extending to 20 years or more for sweet, noble rot versions. Barrel ageing can extend the wines’ longevity.