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January 2020

Sauvignon Blanc, the king of grape varieties in Touraine

2020-01-22T10:35:04+02:00January 22nd, 2020|Press release|

AOC Touraine boasts a wide array of grape varieties but the varietal range is dominated by Sauvignon (43%). White Touraine is now extremely popular amongst Sauvignon enthusiasts due to quality winemaking techniques that have constantly improved over the years. White Touraine is single varietal Sauvignon Blanc. The wines often display a pale gold hue [...]

Touraine, the world capital of Sauvignon in 2020

2020-01-08T10:12:43+02:00January 8th, 2020|Press release|

AOC Touraine, established in 1939, is one of the largest appellations in the Loire Valley. Stretching between Chambord and Azay-le-Rideau, via Chenonceaux and Chaumont-sur-Loire, the vineyards of AOC Touraine gradually unfurl along the tranquil banks of the Loire and its tributaries. The region will provide the stage for the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon from [...]

May 2017

Sancerre-Central Loire: The emergence of Sauvignon blanc in historical records

2019-10-01T10:59:39+02:00May 23rd, 2017|Sauvignon Committee|

In the 1st century, Pliny the Elder mentioned the existence of vineyards along the banks of the Loire. The discovery, near Sancerre, of wine growing tools – namely billhooks – dating from that period proves that vines were grown there. Grape pips fermented in the 2nd century were found in Cosne-sur-Loire and by the 5th [...]

July 2016

Style evolution of white Sauvignon : a trend ?

2016-10-24T15:11:11+02:00July 5th, 2016|Sauvignon Committee|

Eviter la répétition La réussite progressive du sauvignon blanc néo-zélandais sur les marchés mondiaux a inauguré un nouveau style, imité ailleurs dans l'Hémisphère sud. A la recherche de nouveaux marchés, des pays comme l'Australie, l'Afrique du Sud ou le Chili ont planté du sauvignon et tenté de suivre l'exemple de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Mais, comme souvent [...]

May 2016

Styria: A prime Austrian wine region for growing Sauvignon blanc

2019-06-14T11:05:56+02:00May 19th, 2016|Sauvignon Committee|

Austria accounts for just 1% of global wine production and although the vast majority of Austrian-grown wines are white, the most widespread variety is not Sauvignon blanc but Grüner Veltliner, which is extensively planted in the country’s two main wine regions. The third largest region, Styria or Steiermark, along the border with Slovenia, is where [...]

April 2016

The many faces of the Chilian Sauvignon

2016-10-24T15:11:11+02:00April 20th, 2016|Sauvignon Committee|

Jusqu’à la fin des années 80, les vins blancs chiliens étaient loin derrière les rouges. Généralement élaborés dans un style oxydatif et concentré à partir du cépage sémillon, ils étaient presque toujours de pauvres versions des ‘finos’ ou ‘manzanillas’ de Xérès. Les choses ont cependant beaucoup changé ces dernières années et ce sont peut-être les [...]

January 2016

China : A discreet vine but with great potential

2016-10-24T15:11:12+02:00January 11th, 2016|Sauvignon Committee|

Le sauvignon entravé par des facteurs techniques et économiques Les cépages blancs représentent, peu ou proue, 5% de la superficie du vignoble chinois, ce pourcentage étant bien plus élevé si l’on tient compte des raisins de table. D’après l’expert reconnu, Zhu Li, le chardonnay, le riesling italien, le muscat de Hambourg et le long yan [...]

December 2015

New Zealand’s Many Regional Terroir Driven Sauvignon Blanc Styles

2019-06-14T10:56:43+02:00December 4th, 2015|Sauvignon Committee|

Although Sauvignon has played a central role in the Upper Loire and Bordeaux for centuries, and California made the grape’s name famous, New Zealand was the first New World region to cast ‘savvy’ in an entirely new, fresh light. Arguably, no other Sauvignon is as exotically or as intensely fruited (passionfruit, grapefruit, lime, gooseberry, mango, [...]

June 2015

South Africa: Sauvignon blanc, an essential component of the varietal range

2016-10-24T15:11:09+02:00June 17th, 2015|Sauvignon Committee|

According to Tim James in his excellent book Wines of the New South Africa – Tradition and Revolution (University of California Press: 2013), it is unclear when Sauvignon Blanc was introduced to the Cape, but it was certainly planted at Groot Constantia in the late 1880s and reportedly performed well there. It did not get [...]

December 2014

Wining and dining with Sauvignon blanc

2019-06-14T11:06:03+02:00December 17th, 2014|Sauvignon Committee|

Any discussion about the virtually endless topic of food and wine pairings requires at least a cursory introduction to both the aromatic and taste profile of a varietal with such a distinctive character. Expressive examples – and most, but not all Sauvignon blancs are – offer up aromas ranging from grass to lime, peach to [...]