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Cousiño Macul Sauvignon GrisNot something you see much of is Sauvignon Gris, especially from the New World. This example brought in from Chile is the only example I have seen on a shelf. Using the new wine blog search returned few entries – there is my note on another Chilean bottling from Casa Marin and a tasting-note-less mention that the Domaine de La Saulzaie Sauvignon Gris, 2005, Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France from a Vin de Pays tasting was another worth seeking out. And that is about all I could find. Even Wikipedia defaults to the Sauvignon Blanc entry… Sauvignon Gris – originates in Bordeaux, tastes a bit like a Sauvignon Blanc and doing rather well in Chile. Low yields explains its relative planting rarity.
White WineWine Tasting Note: Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Gris, 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile.
Purchased from Planet of the Grapes [more info] for £6.99.
Very pale, watery colour. Pronounced if simple aroma – lime, a touch of spice, a sprinkling of white flowers. The palate is very clean, very crisp, very pure flavours – light lime, touch of floweriness and a finishing twist of sherbet.
The initial tasting may have suffered by being over-chilled; the following day a little more complexity was evident; a tropical edge to the fruit, peaches and orange. Full bodied. Alcohol 14%. Treat as a Sauvignon Blanc but with a little more body and less gooseberry/mineral influence.
Scribblings Rating – 88/100

4 Comments »

  1. Gastroplod says:

    I’m drinking tne 2007 right now and enjoying it so much I had to find out more. Thanks for pointing out the touch of orange – it’s there in scent and taste. An unusually delicious, complex wine for under £10

  2. Winejourno says:

    I tasted Sauvignon Gris for the first time yesterday and was inspired to find out more. Montana the NZ winery are about to bottle, it was beautiful, like a subtle sauvignon with flavours of ripe pear, I was mightily impressed. Could be big!

  3. Jones says:

    There is another winery in Chile called “Casa Silva” that has a great Sauvignon Gris, the best I’ve tasted so far. Hard to find it here in the US. It has a little touch of greenish color to it, but once it airates it gets a little lighter in color (silverish). It’s great with cheeses and nuts.

  4. Another Sauvignon Gris that seems worth trying is from France as recommended in the new book by Oz Clarke – details here http://www.spittoon.biz/oz_clarke_250_best_wines_2010.html
    I’ll have to keep a look out for the Casa Silva too, thanks for the rec matey.

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