Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wines in America, and it is often called as “grassy”. This wine is known for the crispiness caused due to high acidity and its low sugar levels. Here is a brief outlook on the history and origin of Sauvignon Blanc.
A Legend is Born
The birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc wine is Bordeaux, France. It is believed that the wine got its name from the French word Sauvage, meaning wild or natural, as the grape used in Sauvignon Blanc grew like weed all over the area. Instead of fermenting and bottling the wine on its own, winemakers in Bordeaux used Sauvignon Blanc in their white blends, and sometimes, to make the dessert wine named Sauterne.
Later, the grape traveled from Bordeaux to the appellation of Sancerre in the Loire Valley region. In Sancerre, the grape was planted to make a wine, but instead of naming the wine Sauvignon Blanc, it was named Sancerre wine. Sancerre wine became very popular in Paris, as it had the ability to go well with or without any food.
As the wine was very smooth to drink, people started falling in love with the Sancerre wine. From Paris, the wine traveled across the globe to reach New Zealand, and from there, it became the world famous Sauvignon Blanc wine as known today. The rest of the world also noticed this vibrant and crisp wine, and soon, regions like Chile, California, and South Africa started promoting and manufacturing Sauvignon Blanc.
The Impeccable Taste of Sauvignon Blanc
The taste of this wine is very different from that of other wines, owing to its green flavors, with green apple, lime, white peach, and passion fruit. The flavor of the wine depends on how ripe the grapes were during the manufacturing process, and can vary from zesty lime to flowery peach.
The herbaceous flavors like jalapeño, bell pepper grass, and gooseberry, makes it stand out from other wine varieties. The nose of the wine comes from aromatic compounds (pyrazines) added to the drink, but these elements also contribute to the unique taste of Sauvignon Blanc.