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Sauvignon Blanc – Loire Valley vs Marlborough

Loire Valley vs Marlborough

Sauvignon Blanc is well-known grape that is grown all around the world. It has different styles in Marlborough, New Zealand and the Loire Valley regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé in France.

 

 

Sancerre

The color of white wine is pale green-gold. Their aromas are typically developed with fruity floral notes such as citrus note (grapefruit, grapefruit) to flinty notes. These flavors are determined by the soil on which the vines grow. Limestone (or caillottes), clay and limestone (or Terres Blanches) and flint clay are the three main types of soils encountered on the label. The white wines are dry but generally have fairly round mouths and balance on freshness.

 

Marlborough

Rough and stony soil with sand and clay. Pale straw green in colour with brilliant clarity, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is zesty and aromatic with lots of lively, penetrating fruit characters. A concentration of tropical and gooseberry flavours with an abundant bouquet, it is a wine that is always crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Sancerre Food Pairing

Fish, oysters, shellfish, goat cheese, smoked salmon
Avoid sweets

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Food Pairing

Fried or roasted chicken, herbal dishes, raw oysters, grilled pork, salad, seafood, turkey, vegetarian dishes

Avoid salty dishes

Typical Descriptors and Structure for Sancerre

  • Visual: Pale Straw with Hints of Green, Moderate Concentration
  • Aromas/Flavors: Moderate to Moderate Plus Intensity of Aromas
    • Fruit: Tart Citrus (Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime), Tart Tree Fruit (Green Apple, Green Pear), Gooseberry, Under-ripe Stone Fruit (White Peach), Slight Tropical Fruit (Kiwi, Passion Fruit)
    • Floral: Faint White Flowers, Citrus Blossoms
    • Herbal/Green/Pyrazine: Cut Grass, Green Bell Pepper, Blackcurrant Bud, Box Tree, Nettles, Tarragon
    • Earth: High Minerality, Wet Stones, Chalk, Crushed Rocks
    • Oak: None or Neutral Oak Casks
  • Structure: Dry, Moderate Body, High Acidity, Moderate to Moderate Plus Alcohol

Typical Descriptors and Structure for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

  • Visual: Pale Straw with Hints of Green, Moderate Concentration
  • Aromas/Flavors: High Intensity of Aromas
    • Fruit: Citrus (Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime), Melon, Gooseberry, Tropical Fruit (Passion Fruit, Guava, Pineapple)
    • Floral: Faint White Flowers, Citrus Blossoms
    • Herbal/Green/Pyrazine: Cut Grass, Asparagus, Canned Pea, Green Bell Pepper, Jalapeño, Blackcurrant Bud, Rhubarb
    • Earth: Low to Moderate Minerality, Wet Sand, Chalk
    • Oak: None
  • Structure: Dry, Moderate Body, High Acidity, Moderate to Moderate Plus Alcohol


1Typical Descriptors and Structure Data from Guildsomm.com

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