In France, sauvignon blanc is known as the king of grapes used to produce white wines in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, where it delivers light, fragrant wines. It is also one of the most popular grapes around the world, used in blends and varietal wines. It is especially common in the United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, where it is miraculously suited to the cool climate. Sauvignon blanc creates highly aromatic and fruity wines, with characteristic notes of black currant, grapefruit, tropical fruit and flint.
At Château Clarke, sauvignon blanc is the predominant grape in Merle Blanc, where it accounts for 80% of the blend. Its freshness and aromatic intensity complement the sémillon and muscadelle. In New Zealand's Marlborough district, it exhibits another personality, yielding a crisp, taut varietal wine with typical notes of lemon and grapefruit.