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Sauvignon Blanc grape variety
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Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety that reaches its fullest expression in the Sancerre and Bordeaux appellations in France. Look for good value releases from Paul Cotat, Domaine Francois Cotat or the Pouilly Fume from Fabien Colin. In Bordeaux try the whites from Monbousquet. One of the most stunning examples of a Sancerre is that from Domaine Edmond Vatan in its characteristic green bottle.
There is another 'secret' area where Sauvignon blanc is grown but rarely heard of - it is a small Burgundian appellation called Saint Bris which lies on the edge of the Chablis region. Here Alice and Olivier de Moor make a stunning Sauvignon Blanc that has amazing complexity and great length.
Plantings in New Zealand and Australia are relatively common but there are few examples from the new world that can compete with a fine Sancerre.
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