When you think of Sauvignon Blanc a few things might come to mind, depending on if you are vino savvy. 1. You might think of New Zealand – and wet straw/overpowering citrus flavors. 2. Meow – a strong aroma of a certain feline aroma may pop into mind. 3. Mineral aromas and flavors. 4. France. All of the aforementioned can be true. What many seem to miss is that just because one Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand reminds you of wet straw and cats, doesn’t mean they all will. A good place to start to get the “real” idea about Sauvignon Blanc is from France. Just so happens this grape originated from the Bordeaux region in France. Now this grape is planted in most worldwide wine growing regions – Chile, Australia, New Zealand,South Africa, Brazil and California.
The flavors of Sauvignon Blanc can vary depending on the climate and soil. French Sauv. Blancs tend to be crisp, grassy with minerality on the palate. New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs tend to be stony with a touch grassiness. Then comes the aroma that is a bit of a turnoff – “cat pee on a gooseberry bush”. That is how it is best described – some wine enthusiasts like that aroma believe it or not – some on the other hand do not particularly enjoy that scent. This wine is better consumed young – it doesn’t necessarily improve with age.
Located in Pessac Leognon a sub-region of Graves in France is where Chateau Coucheroy Sauvignon Blanc is produced. 100% Sauvignon grown in gravel (hence the name Graves, France) and clay. This white is crammed packed with crisp minerals and citrus fruit flavors. Grapefruit and lemon on the nose. A slight touch of oak on the palate along with grapefruit. Delicate honey flavors on the finish.
Total Wine and More in McLean Virginia and Alexandria carry this Sauvignon Blanc for $16.99. A great buy for a Sauvignon Blanc.
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