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Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Wines Less Traveled: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc derives its name from the French Sauvage meaning "wild, savage, or unspoiled" which is quite apropriate for this grape which can have certain rough edges in its often very high acidity and some of the oddball flavors that crop up (grass and cat urine come to mind).  However, this is the fun of this, my all time favorite white grape.  It can thrive in many climates often transforming itself without losing the core of its being.  France and New Zealand of course but California, Washington and Chile have all produced world class examples.  Sauv Blanc can also produce very ageable whites especially from the Pessac-Leognan region of Bordeaux and would give white Burgundy a run for its money as France's greatest white wine.  The following wines all capture the essance of Sauv Blanc while using its savagenss to their advantage and at great prices to boot!

1. Chateau la Louviere Pessac-Leognan Blanc (2009)

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Average price: $29.99 from 1 store
Still probably my favorite region for Sauvignon Blanc, and this wine reaffirms it. A lovely creamy texture (thanks to significant barrel aging) but without any woody flavors. Honeysuckle aromas give way to a lightly honeyed palette already beginning to develop a tiny touch of nuttiness. Candied lemons, and quince on the palette with a wonderful line of minerality and a long finish.
 
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  • 540750Zuiko Ch La Louviere has made some of the best Sauv Blancs in memory but the 2005 sure wasn't one of them. Their 1981 was outstanding.


  • 842795Matt Walker Never got a chance to try the '05 but I guess I didn't miss anything



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