Sauvignon Blanc which is also known as Sancerre in some regions is a well known white wine said to have a grassy taste. That may sound off-putting as you would not want to drink something that tastes like grass if you have never had Sauvignon Blanc before. But most wine enthusiast and wine drinkers agree that it has a refreshing and crisp taste. If you happen to be curious about this white wine grape and interested in knowing everything about it and wines made from it, We have put together some facts about Sauvignon Blanc to help you learn more about this grape.
A brief history on Sauvignon Blanc
The word Sauvignon is gotten from the French word sauvage meaning wild and blanc which means white. So effectively Sauvignon Blanc means a wild white vine. Its origin is traced to the Loire valley in the Bordeaux region of France and is a parent to the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety. The wine is often described as elegant, fresh and crisp and is preferably consumed young as it does not age very well like most white wines. It is used in white Bordeaux blends to create the dessert wine called Sauterne. The grape became popular in New Zealand where it gained worldwide recognition. The grape was used to create a varietal wine named Sancerre after the city where it was first made into a 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine. Sancerre became a favorite for many restaurant goers as it paired well with food and was easy to drink on its own.
Approximately how many hectares/acres of Sauvignon Blanc is grown globally
Sauvignon Blanc ripens early and its characteristics and notes are also dependent on the climate of the area it was cultivated. In cool climates, it tends to have grass, green bell peppers, passion fruit, and floral notes. In warmer climes, it has fruity characters like grapefruit, peach, and tree fruit notes. In 2015, globally, approximately 121,000 hectares (299,000 acres) of Sauvignon Blanc was grown. It is grown in countries like New Zealand, South Africa, Ukraine, Chile,and Bordeaux.
Wine colors of Sauvignon Blanc
The most common colors of Sauvignon Blanc wines is a greenish yellow. However these wines are not always a strictly greenish yellow, when the grapes are grown in warm climates and aged in wood the wine tends to have a straw yellow hue to mid and darker shades of yellow depending on the age of the wine.
Grape skin color and sweetness levels of Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc grapes have a thin skin that is a pale green to white color based on the area where it is grown. The greenish hue contributes to the color of Sauvignon Blanc wines as the skins are briefly exposed to the juice after the grapes are pressed.
Sauvignon Blanc has an off-dry taste with a score of 1-2 on the wine sweetness scale. It is not a sweet wine and has a dry feeling after you swallow it due to the high acidity levels present in the grapes.
Sauvignon Blanc goes very well with fish, cheese, and vegetables. It is known for its distinctively crisp, pepper and grassy character flavor profiles and 13.5-14.5 alcohol content. It also is one of the only wines that go well with sushi.