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Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc

Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc

One of my all time favourite wines are the Sauvignon Blancs as I find them so refreshing to drink, zesty and a real party in the mouth! Speaking of which I went to a wonderful party on the weekend where my hosts are real wine lovers. They had a great selection of wines to enjoy! I discovered this Sauvignon Blanc and surprise its not from New Zealand. As we all know New Zealand has claimed Sauvignon Blanc as their signature grape and they do it exceptionally well, this happens to be from the one is from the Loire Valley, a wine region from Northern France that is also known for making Sauvignon Blancs for a much longer time. My pick this week is the Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2013.

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

What I really liked about this wine was that contrary to the NZ Sauvignon Blancs, which are very intensely perfumed this one was a little more restrained on the nose, with good notes of citrus, a floral touch and great acidity. It’s a great value at just $15.95 per bottle

Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sauvignon Blanc

—VINTAGES#: 672345

$15.95 per bottle

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Murphy-Goode’s Sauvignon Blanc, The Fumé

Does Fumé refer to another grape varietal? Ask The Wine Ladies.

Dear Wine Ladies,

As a fan of Sauvignon Blanc my wife recently enjoyed a wine that was labeled Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc, The Fumé from California. She absolutely loved it! Does “The Fumé” refer to another grape that is used in the making of this wine?


San Diego, California

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Dear Chuck,

No it is not actually the name of a grape varietal. Although Blanc Fumé is a synonym used in the Upper Loire Valley of France for Sauvignon Blanc.

Murphy-Goode’s Sauvignon Blanc, is a blended wine of two varietals, primarily Sauvignon Blanc and a hint of Semillon. Semilillon is a grape known for its blending with Sauvignon Blanc in Bordeaux.

David Ready Jr. the Winemaker for Murphy-Goode tells us, “the Semillon gives the wine those delicate floral notes and the touch of oak gives the wine that smokey, intriguing “fume“ personality”. A delightful wine indeed. We had the pleasure to enjoy with  Dave, at the  Murphy-Goode winery on a recent visit to Healdsburg in Sonoma County.

Please see link to this passionate winemaker’s description of this wine.

Fumé Blanc is a term that got its start in the early 1970’s when a California producer decided to rename his Sauvignon Blanc, Fumé Blanc and change it up with a bit of oak aging and a new dark green Bordeaux bottle. All agree the name was a bit of great marketing, riding the coat tails of the very popular French wine export Pouilly-Fumé.

The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne

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With winemaker David Ready Jr. at Murphy-Goode tasting room .