Definition of Sauvignon in English:


Line breaks: Sau|vi¦gnon
Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊvɪnjɒ̃
(also Sauvignon Blanc)


[mass noun]
  • 1A variety of white wine grape.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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