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Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine grape variety celebrated for its vibrant acidity, distinctive aromas, and refreshing qualities. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, Sauvignon Blanc has achieved global popularity and is cultivated in numerous wine regions around the world.
Sauvignon Blanc wines are characterized by their high acidity, crispness, and aromatic profile. Common flavor notes include citrus (such as grapefruit and lime), green apple, passion fruit, and sometimes herbaceous or grassy nuances. The grape's expressive aromas contribute to its appeal, making it easily recognizable in blind tastings.
France, particularly in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux, showcases Sauvignon Blanc's versatility. In the Loire, wines from regions like Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are revered for their minerality and purity. In Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Sémillon, creating both dry and sweet wines.
Outside of France, Sauvignon Blanc has flourished in New Zealand, especially in Marlborough, where it has become the country's signature white grape. It has also found success in regions like California, Chile, South Africa, and Australia.