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4 Sauvignon Blanc Taste Profiles You Will Love – The Ultimate Guide

Sauvignon Blanc
There are 3 main regional light-bodied styles: Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Marlborough, and a sparkling wine type for Sauvignon Blanc. What’s your fav?

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wines in the world. It’s known for its high acidity and typical green herbal flavors. It gives its best in a cooler climate but grows nearly everywhere offering a variety of styles.

Have you ever found yourself staring at many Sauvignon Blanc bottles wondering which one you would like best? Keep reading and you’ll find the answer and much more!

I’ve organized the content below in small sections to make it easy to read. I must confess I’m quite happy with the research and work done. As always wine tasting was my favorite part!😋

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Keep reading to become a Sauvignon Blanc expert!

Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc Overview

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

ABV

11.5% - 14%

Main Regions

France: Loire

Other Regions

Chile
Italy: Alto Adige

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

ABV

11.5% - 14%

Main Regions

France: Loire

Other Regions

Chile
Italy: Alto Adige

Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Flint
Green Bell Pepper
Gooseberry
Lime

Palate

White Peach
Citrus
Saline & Dry
High Acidity
Light Body

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Flint
Green Bell Pepper
Gooseberry
Lime

Palate

White Peach
Citrus
Saline & Dry
High Acidity
Light Body

Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Appetitizer

Salad
Brussel Sprouts
Asparagus

Meat

Chicken
Turkey

Fish

Shellfish
Halibut
Cod
Salmon
Sushi

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Cream (Brie)

Appetitizer

Salad
Brussel Sprouts
Asparagus

Meat

Chicken
Turkey

Fish

Shellfish
Halibut
Cod
Salmon
Sushi

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Cream (Brie)

Serve and Store Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

1-3 years

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

1-3 years

Useful Insight

There are five notables areas in the Central Loire Valley. Each area comes with taste variations:

  • Menetou-Salon: fresh, musky floral, citrus fruit, white peach a rounded mouthfeel.

  • Pouilly-Fumé: vibrant, very mineral, with citrus and floral aromas.

  • Quincy: high acidity, citrus fruit, cut grass, and pepper aromas with a rounded mouthfeel.

  • Reuilly: high acidity, citrus fruit, white peach, and herbal aromas.

  • Sancerre: vibrant, mineral, citrus fruit, gooseberry, cut grass, and floral aromas.

Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc

Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc Overview

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

ABV

11.5% - 14%

Main Regions

France: Bordeaux
USA: California

Other Regions

USA: Washington
Italy: Tuscany
South Africa

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

ABV

11.5% - 14%

Main Regions

France: Bordeaux
USA: California

Other Regions

USA: Washington
Italy: Tuscany
South Africa

Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc.

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Fennel Blossom
Citrus
Lime
White Peach
Beeswax

Palate

White Peach
Lime
Honeycomb
Round/Creamy
Dry
Medium-High Acidity
Light Body

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Fennel Blossom
Citrus
Lime
White Peach
Beeswax

Palate

White Peach
Lime
Honeycomb
Round/Creamy
Dry
Medium-High Acidity
Light Body

Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc

Appetitizer

Salad
Brussel Sprouts
Asparagus

Meat

Chicken
Turkey

Fish

Shellfish
Halibut
Cod
Salmon
Sushi

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Cream (Brie)

Appetitizer

Salad
Brussel Sprouts
Asparagus

Meat

Chicken
Turkey

Fish

Shellfish
Halibut
Cod
Salmon
Sushi

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Cream (Brie)

Serve and Store Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

3-5 years

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C