kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Old World Sauvignon Blanc to try

Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis know that I am a huge fan of Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand. I just love how the true varietal qualities shine through the stainless steel fermentation--the aroma and flavors of gooseberries, lime, grapefruit and grass, as well as that bracing acidity.

But I am also a fan of Old World Sauvignon Blancs. Though I prefer a Sancerre to a White Bordeaux any day, I had the latter at a wine tasting this past weekend-- a 2004 Chateau de Rochemorin from the Graves region of Bordeaux. And even though it's common there to blend SB with Semillon, this example was 100% Sauvignon Blanc. It had a touch of oak, but it wasn't overdone. And the citrus notes peaked through, as well as a bit of a steely finish. A nice food wine or sipper on its own, at a nice price (around $12-$15.)