December 2018

Henry Marionnet and his ungrafted Sauvignon

2019-10-01T09:37:47+02:00December 12th, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

Almost all vines are now grafted onto rootstock to prevent the return of the deadly phylloxera louse. In the Loire Valley, Henry Marionnet has chosen to try to do without this usually necessary precaution in part of his vineyard. David Cobbold reports on the results of his experiments. The Touraine region of the Loire valley, apparently [...]

November 2018

October 2018

Which types of Sauvignon are most popular with French and Belgian wine lovers?

2019-10-01T09:39:32+02:00October 29th, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

Compare and contrast Sauvignon blanc enjoys global popularity, but how does its success vary from one country to another? With one store in Le Touquet Paris Plage in France and another in Tournai in Belgium, Pascale Guillier is ideally placed to assess the different ways in which each culture approaches the varietal. First of all, [...]

Are Sauvignon aromas incompatible with oak?

2019-10-01T09:45:28+02:00October 2nd, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

Sauvignon has long proved elusive to winemakers seeking to add complexity and ageability to wines through oak. Valérie Lavigne, researcher at the Seguin Moreau cooperage seconded to ISVV, studies ways in which wood can be used judiciously. While some white grape varieties, such as Chardonnay and Semillon, are particularly well suited to barrel maturation, others, [...]

August 2018

Sense and sensibility: An old Cape Town farm in a new era

2019-10-01T09:51:34+02:00August 29th, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

Around 10% of global Sauvignon plantings are located in South Africa. Christian Eedes pays a visit to prominent Durbanville estate Diemersdal to discuss its take on the varietal with winemaker Thys Louw. Durbanville is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, about half an hour’s drive northwest of the Cape Town central [...]

June 2018

New Zealand – Could Sauvignon blanc lead the way for global development of the low-alcohol wine category?

2019-10-01T09:54:37+02:00June 25th, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

In 2014, the New Zealand wine industry vowed to become number one in the world for premium Lighter wines. With 60% of its vineyard acreage planted to Sauvignon blanc and nearly 20% of the world’s total Sauvignon blanc plantings located in the country, New Zealand’s programme could potentially be a game-changer for the entire category. [...]

May 2018

Fransola or Sauvignon in the unlikely setting of the Penedès region

2019-10-01T10:15:09+02:00May 22nd, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

A trailblazer in more ways than one, Torres family took to the hills to produce Sauvignon blanc in its Fransola vineyards. Journalist and wine judge Frédéric Galtier looks at how they overcame many hurdles to preserve the intrinsic character of Sauvignon. Mediterranean Sauvignons have often attracted negative press. It is thought that the climate and [...]

March 2018

Austria steals the show at this year’s Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

2019-10-01T10:15:20+02:00March 18th, 2018|Press release|

Over 950 wines from 26 countries 113 gold medals 70 judges from18 countries including South Africa, Japan and New Zealand 2019 Host region: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy March 18, 2018 (Brussels, Belgium): The 9th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon was hosted by the city of Graz in Austria, on March 2 and 3, 2018. A total 958 wines from 26 countries were judged blind by [...]

The Concours Mondail du Sauvignon goes digital

2019-10-01T10:15:37+02:00March 3rd, 2018|Press release|

At its ninth edition in Graz on March 2 and 3, the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon introduced a new digital evaluation system. The tasting sheets have been replaced by tablets, which allow the judges and especially the panel chairs to be more efficient and focus on the tasting instead of the paperwork. “The digital evaluation [...]

Sauvignon stronghold Styria (Austria) hosts 2018 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

2019-10-01T10:16:12+02:00March 2nd, 2018|Press release|

Over 950 wines take part, an 11.2% rise on 2017 Austria sees a 182% increase in entries this year and reaches record high 70 judges come from 18 countries including South Africa, Japan and New Zealand Pictures from the Opening Ceremony 2018 March 2, 2018 (Graz, Austria): The 2018 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon opens today [...]