The Sauvignon together with the Chardonnay is the most famous and widespread white grape in the world and produce some of the most famous white wines.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety internationally known for light, crisp, dry, aromatic and refreshing white wines. The varietal is native to France and it is strongly associated with Loire Valley's great expressions of the grape in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, but its true origin belongs more in Bordeaux where is often blended with Sémillon and its name derives from "sauvage" (wild in french).
The Sauvignon has at least two varieties, the Sauvignon small and yellow and the Sauvignon big and green and it is a semi-aromatic variety that can be immediately recognised thanks to its characteristics nose of gooseberry amongst the others. Currently, Sauvignon Blanc is planted all over the world and has become extremely popular in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Fine examples of the grape are also found in the cool regions of northern Italy in Alto Adige and Friuli, Chile in Casablanca, California, Slovenia, Austria and many more.
An interesting characteristic of the Sauvignon Blanc is that wherever it is grown in the New World - New Zealand, South Africa, California and South America it has a very present aromatics. One sniff reveals a mixture of flighty aromas of gooseberry, herbs, fennel and freshly sliced green pepper. In the Old World, in France's Loire Valley, Bordeaux and Italy, it has a more delicate and elegant character. Crisp and racy, the wine preserves that appealing acidity, but the aromas are more subtle, with notes of grapefruit and white flowers.