Definition of Sauvignon in English:


(also Sauvignon Blanc)


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

    • ‘He is cultivating Sauvignon Blanc on two acres and Chenin Blanc on six.’
    • ‘The rustic Pais vine variety dominates plantings, especially in the rain-fed areas, although Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon, and Merlot are also important.’
    • ‘A fine match for this is this Ardeche, a lean blend of Sauvignon and Chardonnay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These wines - made from a grape called Sauvignon Blanc - come alive when you pair them with food.’
    • ‘Increasing plantings here have made it our fourth most planted white after Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling.’
    1. 1.1A white wine made from the Sauvignon grape.
      • ‘Kiwi Sauvignon is one of my favourite wines, and I've recommended a fair few in the past months.’
      • ‘Australia is not as well known for its Sauvignons as New Zealand, but some of the wines coming out of Western Australia are outstanding.’
      • ‘This is an appealingly restrained Sauvignon from New Zealand that's midway between the Loire and the more outrageous Marlborough examples in style.’
      • ‘Some age their Sauvignons in new oak, disguising it as a sort of poor man's Chardonnay.’
      • ‘The wines, too, were, good and true; a clean, tasty Sauvignon and a decent Muscat, both at US $10.’
      • ‘Don't spend a lot of money for the wine in the pork recipe; a $5 Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc is perfect.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The range includes a Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.’
      • ‘We started the meal with an Australian Sauvignon Blanc and a German Riesling.’
      • ‘The Sauvignon tastes like hay and the Chardonnay has a steely finish that's not very charming, but both are still better than what I had before.’
      • ‘This taut, minerally, smoky Sauvignon is a stunner.’
      • ‘They also do Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, plus a Champagne style sparkler.’
      • ‘If the Vergelegen is all about texture, this delicious Kiwi Sauvignon from Highfield Estate is about intense gooseberry fruit flavours and undertones of guava and grapefruit.’
      • ‘With wonderful aromas and flavors reminiscent of snow peas, grass, herbs, and green figs, this Sauvignon is as zesty and crisp as a salad itself.’
      • ‘To match this you need a very fresh, clean wine such as this superb Loire-style Sauvignon.’
      • ‘The waitress didn't know a difference between Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and the manager was cocky and rude.’
      • ‘However, the current release of 2004 Sauvignons is more full flavoured, largely thanks to the ripe 2004 harvest.’
      • ‘This is a ripe, grapefruit and gooseberry-style Sauvignon with plenty of flavour.’
      • ‘Some of the wildest Sauvignons of all, however, come from New Zealand - don't miss them.’