So this month in the wine series we’re having two wines instead of one! We are going to put French Sancerre up against New Zealand sauvignon blanc to see which one is better. Sancerre is a region in France known for sauvignon blanc wine, while New Zealand is more of an up and comer. While the wines are made with the same grape they do have distinctive characteristics that may make you prefer one of the wines over the other.
Sauvignon blanc is one of the more popular wines around the world. Depending on where it is grown, it can be citrusy, grassy, or floral. No matter where it’s grown, though, it is always a high acid, low sugar refreshing wine. The 2016 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a classic example of this. It has a slightly floral smell with a nice lemon taste.
Sancerre is in central France, where sauvignon blanc has been grown since the early 1900s. Wines from this region tend to be flinty and herbal with a healthy amount of acidity. The 2016 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre is a very fresh, bright wine with an herbal citrus taste.
Personally, I like them both. I think they’re both good summer wines and pair easily with dessert. As a general rule, sauvignon blanc pairs well with citrusy desserts- key lime pie, lemon bars, grapefruit cake, and more. So go crack open a couple bottles, have a piece of pie, and let me know if you like Sancerre or sauvignon blanc better!