Grape of the month
Sauvignon Blanc is known for it distinct aromas of black currant leafs, nettles and green herbs with amazingly fruit driven aromas and flavours. It should usually be enjoyed as fresh as possible. Sauvignon Blanc is now grown all over the world, but there are two countries that can be credited for the massive popularity this grapes has devloped, each in its own way.
One region in France has defined the Sauvignon Blanc grape, and that region is the Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is situated Northwest of France, stretching all the way from the Atlantic ocean far inland. The Loire Valley is comprised of several sub regions, but the towns of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume located furthest East is well known for producing elegant, fresh and mineral driven wines from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Most of the wines in the world produced from this grape should be enjoyed as fresh as possible, but there are exceptions, escpecially from Sancerre and Pouilly Fume where some producers create some extraordinary age worthy examples.
Known as the worlds most Southern wine making country in the world, but opposed to France, wine making has just started to gain ground here in more recent years. This is all thanks to the Sauvignon Blanc grape, a grape the entire Kiwi wine industry has been built on. As opposed to the French counterpart with its finesse and mineral driven elegance, Sauvignon Blanc wines from New Zealand packs more of an explosive fruit punch. Often dominated by aromas of Black Currant leafs.
Andre Dezat Sancerre 2016
Aromas of white flowers, lemon and green herbs with a hint of tropical fruit. Fresh and fruit forward style, with a hint of minerals in the finish.
Pairs with: Scallops and sallads
Drink: 2-3 years
Producer: Andre` Dezat & Fils
Jean Pabiot Domaine Des Fines Cailottes Pouilly Fume`
Elegant aromas of green apples, citrus, nettles and herbs. Fresh and mineral driven style, with hints of slate and smoke. Complex with a long finish.
Pairs with: White Fish, Scallops and Chicken
Drink: 5-6 years
Producer: Jean Pabiot & Fils
Matua Lands and Legends Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Fresh, fruit driven with aromatic aromas of green apples, citrus and gooseberries with a hint of green herbs. Medium finish.
Pairs with: White fish and scallops
Drink: 2-3 years
Producer: Matua Wines
Country: New Zealand
Marius has worked in several parts of the wine business for the last 16 years. He is currently working as a Category Coordinator for wine and spirits in the Travel Retail business. He is also a part of a tasting panel for the financial newspaper in Norway and writes articles and lectures in his spare time.Marius has a huge passion and dedication for the wine and spirits industry. He is a certified Sommelier and is currently undertaking the WSET Diploma in wines and spirits education.