Surprised? Yes, Sauvignon Banc has sort of morphed into a grassy, gooseberry, limey type of wine, but back in the Loire Valley in France, it tends to be much leaner, still citrusy, but with a lighter aromatic and palate impression, and distinctly flinty mineral notes when it comes from the great appellations of Pouilly Fume and Sancerre.
Sancerre, much like Pinot Gris/Grigio, is a chameleon of a grape. All minerally and brisk in France, it turns aromatic and intense in New Zealand, and then even gets the oak treatment when it’s transformed into Fume Blanc in California. The next time I write about Sauvignon Blanc, I’ll dive into these regional differences, but for now I would say that if you’ve found that you like Sauvignon Blanc, don’t stop! There are so many to explore and each type will help you further narrow down what you’re looking for in a white wine – so it’ll be educational, as well as fun!
Exactly what wine is supposed to be.
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