Over the past decade, Sauvignon’s popularity has soared to unprecedented heights, fuelling a virtuous circle where wine enthusiasts have become increasingly inquisitive and adventurous in their choice of styles, and winemakers have been keen to oblige by constantly pushing the boundaries of experimentation and venturing into unchartered territory. The result is an ever-broadening range of profiles and provenances offering limitless scope for consumers to extend their repertoire. But how can you distinguish a Marlborough Sauvignon from its Chilean or South African counterparts? How do winegrowers and winemakers factor in site-specifics and local customs to produce bespoke renditions of the varietal? And are there common traits that bridge the gap from one side of the globe to the other? The organisers of the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, the world’s leading competition entirely dedicated to the varietal, have brought together a team of specialist contributors to explore its countless facets worldwide in a Global Guide to Sauvignon. Every month, a different producer country will be featured, from the classics such as France and New Zealand to more unexpected destinations such as Austria or Spain. Each country also comes with a list of award-winning Sauvignons, providing a curated selection of the finest offerings.
As the world’s wine community readies to celebrate the 12th annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day on Friday 7 May 2021, this Guide is essential reading for all those dedicated, or would-be followers of Sauvignon across the globe.