Sauvignon Blanc grows well in widely diverse areas, but excels in the Loire Valley, where it sports an aggressively herbaceous, grassy pungency, which combines with the bracing acids and stony minerality of the soils. It has become the benchmark white wine of New Zealand, where the intensity of the green citrus and berry fruit flavours is predominant. In California, it is made in a wide range of styles, but often ripened and barrel-fermented to taste like a peachy, tropical Chardonnay. Late harvest Sauvignon Blanc, often blended with Sémillon, makes some of the greatest sweet wines in the world, most notably Sauternes.
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|Distinctive Flavours||Grass, Citrus, Gooseberry||Passion Fruit, Gooseberry||Passion Fruit|