Philip Bisson gave an informative talk with tastings on single grape sauvignon blanc wines and blends from around the world.
France Chatelain, Pouilly-Fumé, Loire - vol 13.5%, 2019, ~£14. A lovely well-balanced wine with a strong and pleasant bouquet.
Zealand Hunters, Marlborough Valley, one of New Zealand’s largest sauvignon blanc regions – vol 13%, 2020, Laithwaites ~£14. A lovely bouquet, fresher and fruitier than the Pouilly-Fumé. A serious contender to the French grown
grape. In comparison with the first it was difficult to choose the better wine, but the majority of members seemed to prefer the French version.
Torley – vol 12%, 2020, Laithwaites £7.99.
A nice wine with similarities to the Pouilly-Fumé, but lacking the intense bouquet.
France Chateux le Coin, sauvignon gris, Bordeaux – vol 14%, 2020, Laithwaites £10.79. Less aromatic than the sauvignon blanc grape, but a very pleasant wine with almond undertones.
Slovenia Puklavec & Friends, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio blend - vol 11.5%, 2020, Waitrose £7. Pleasant, but lacking the qualities of the
France Chataux Rampeau, Bordeaux, sauvignon blanc and Sémillon blend - Waitrose £9.20. A lovely wine with the characteristic
grassiness of the Sémillon grape. Philip prefers this wine to a Graves blend also sold at Waitrose.
Thank you, Philip for a well-researched talk with an interesting range
of wines based on the sauvignon blanc grape. It was an evening where I am sure we all learnt something new.