Definition of Sauvignon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊvɪnjɒ̃/
(also Sauvignon Blanc)


[mass noun]
1A variety of white wine grape.
Example sentences
  • The rustic Pais vine variety dominates plantings, especially in the rain-fed areas, although Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon, and Merlot are also important.
  • Increasing plantings here have made it our fourth most planted white after Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling.
  • One of the few examples of a Chardonnay / Sauvignon blend, this is one of my favourite quaffing whites at the moment, combining peachy Chardonnay ripeness with Sauvignon's gooseberry austerity.
1.1A white wine made from the Sauvignon grape.
Example sentences
  • Australia is not as well known for its Sauvignons as New Zealand, but some of the wines coming out of Western Australia are outstanding.
  • Some age their Sauvignons in new oak, disguising it as a sort of poor man's Chardonnay.
  • Throw in some increasingly good Sauvignons from South Africa, Chile, Australia and Hungary and you have a much more diverse and interesting picture than you had even five years ago.



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