Sauvignon Blanc

(aka. Blanc Fume, Fume Blanc, Savagnin Musque)

Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and often assumes the moniker ‘Fume Blanc’. This popular synonym, credited to Napa’s Robert Mondavi, derives from the grape’s historic home of Pouilly in France’s Upper Loire Valley, where Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant varietal and goes locally by the name of ‘Blanc Fumé’. This noble grape is also successfully grown in Washington State and in New York on Long Island. In Canada, the variety is establishing a foothold in both the Niagara region of Ontario and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

When treated with respect and afforded suitable growing conditions, it is one of the wine world’s darlings. Dry wines made from this grape are characterized by steely, racy acidity, green, gooseberry fruit, asparagus and a grassy, herbaceous character. It is rarely oaked, except in California, where it has often been subjected to Read more »

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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Sancerre

      Sancerre is an appellation located in the so-called Upper Loire -- the eastern end of the ...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

  • Marlborough

      While wines from Marlborough, in New Zealand’s South Island, have only come into prominenc...

Popular Wineries using Sauvignon Blanc

  • Château Saint Christophe

    The Château Saint-Christophe is an independent family-owned vintner from the Bordeaux area in F...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

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Sauvignon Blanc on Snooth

  • Chateau Timberlay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Bordeaux Blanc 2012

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    A little reduced and funky when first poured, this cleans up relatively nicely revealing a rather savory nose that shows hints of smoke, dried herbs, thyme and subtle shades of gooseberry fruit, though a hint of sulfur does persist. Focused, clean and fairly precise in the mouth, this drives across the palate with freshness and acid driven stone... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau des Roches Blanc de Sauvignon Bordeaux Blanc 2012

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    A bit stinky and reduced on first pour. With air this cleans up slowly showing slightly tropical and waxy fruit aromas that are pithy and rich with lime. Soft and seamless in the mouth, this is an easy drinker that shows flashes of sophistication with good clarity on the palate and salty flavors of lemon and pineapple. Its fairly intense and sho... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Chauvet Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Fruity and fresh on the nose with attractive if simple aromas of chalky and slightly smoky earth over slightly waxy orchard fruits. Bright on entry and driven by good acidity. this is medium bodied for White Bordeaux with slightly pithy citrus and apple flavors layered over a base of chalky earth. Very much in line with the nose with added hint... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Capelle Bordeaux Blanc 2011

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    Sauvignon blanc, 55%, Muscadelle, 25% and Semillon, 20% A touch smoky on the nose and stony with firm, dried fruit framed aromas of citrus. Big and fairly broad in the mouth with a nice array of stony citrus fruits and hints of pollen and honeycomb on the palate. This has both some richness in the mouth and an edge of austerity that help drive t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau de Castelnau Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 2012

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    Sauvignon Blanc 40%, Semillon 40%, Muscadelle 20% Tight and waxy on the nose with subtle hints of red fruit, clay earth, and leathery dried herbs. Bright on entry, this shows some serious richness and volume in the mouth. Just a lovely mouthfeel, rich but bright delivering subtle fruit flavors that range from quince to gooseberry, white cherry a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau la Perriere Semillon Bordeaux Blanc 2012

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    Tight on the nose with hints of apples and green herbs. Aromatically this is decidedly restrained, and in the mouth one finds a subtle wine but one that blends a fine edge of richness and bright acid support quite well. This does have quite a nice weight in the mouth, never ponderous nor dull, with waxy fruit and hints of apricot on the palate f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bello Family Vineyards Oliver Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Strong oatmeal and lemon zest on the nose. This wine is a citrus powerhouse, ... best brass and grass that Sauvignon Blanc has to offer. It's clear that 2012 is a cooler vintage, and the result is phenomenal Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Arrowflite Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    A quarterly Tasting Room selection. Growing up in West Palm Beach a long long ... ... into a pretty low level Sauvignon Blanc. Have another bottle, so I will see if I can reminisce aga Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Saget Peres & Fils Muscadet de Sevre et Maine 2012

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    Muscadet from Loire Valley is just quality/value/yummy. In my wheelhouse. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Vina Chocalan Inspira Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Bright floral with a good amount of aromatic citrus notes, hint of minerality, very floral. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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