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The Sauvignon Gris Grape

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About Sauvignon Gris

(Synonyms: Fié, Fié Gris)


Map showing the Bordeaux region of France

The grape known as both Sauvignon Gris and Fié is a white-wine grape originating in Bordeaux, where it was a mutation of Sauvignon Blanc; it is now also widely grown in Chile, and is quickly becoming well-established in Uruguay and especially in New Zealand.

(The commonest name is Sauvignon Gris, but the French grower widely credited with rescuing the grape from oblivion, Jacky Preys, called it Fié Gris—the old name for it—and Fié is thus also a common denomination for the grape and wine.)

While it long languished in the shade of its much better-known parent, it was coming to be appreciated for what it is, rather than disparaged for what it is not (which is to say, it is not an “alternative Sauvignon Blanc”). Its nose, in particular, is less ferocious than Sauvignon Blanc’s, but it has a concentrated fruit and citrus quality; moreover, it is less cuttingly crisp, and tends toward a round, rich quality. All in all, it is a fine varietal well worth being known better. Regrettably, that growing fame seems to have been a bubble that has now burst, and—at least in the U.S.—this pleasant little varioety has returned to oblivion.

Factoid: French AOC law dictates that wineries are not allowed to bottle Sauvignon Gris as a single varietal; those few who do must label it as a generic white Bordeaux. Weird people, the French.

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Some Descriptions of Sauvignon Gris Wines

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Some Sauvignon Gris to Try

(About this list.)

Poor Sauvignon Gris: it has gone from little-regarded and scarce to unregarded and almost vanished. The listing below is all that remains on the U.S. market combining decent quality, price, and availability. Sad.

Casa Silva “1912 Vines” Sauvignon Gris
(This is not their “Cool Coast” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Reviews” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks.

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For a Splurge

We found no Sauvignon Gris wine better enough than what is listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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