When properly harvested and vinified, it produces high quality wines which offer finesse and lovely aromas
Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety that is originally from the southwest region of France. It is characterized by small clusters of small grapes. Historically and still today, this variety is found primarily in Pouilly-sur-Loire (in the Centre region) and Graves (in Bordeaux) where it is mostly used to make dry white blends, though a small proportion is combined with Semillon to make sweet wines. It is not particularly sensitive to noble rot and is generally mildew-resistant, however it is prone to oidium fungus, black rot and wood diseases. Overall, Sauvignon Blanc is hardy but low yielding, and gives wines with excellent aging potential. In the Loire, it contributes to renowned whites such as Pouilly Fumé, Reuilly, Quincy, Sancerre, Menetou Salon, and Cheverny. It is probably in this region and in Bordeaux that it expresses its full potential. In the southwest, it holds a prominent spot among the varieties used for wines with the Bergeracois, Marmandais and Duras appellations. In Burgundy, it is permitted in the Yonne department, and only contributes to wines with the Sauvignon de Saint-Bris appellation.