The latest updates the UK's leading mixed case wine merchant

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Week

This week at Majestic we’re celebrating all things Sauvignon Blanc. We’ve put together a special selection of wines to help you explore Sauvignon Blanc in all its forms from around the world, and have a host of top Sauvignon on offer now.

Marlborough Sauvignon reigns as one of our most popular wine styles at Majestic but this famous grape variety is grown all over the world. We’ve chosen 12 of our favourites for you to compare and enjoy this season. Discover sparkling Sauvignon, or compare the famous wines of the Loire with wines from South Africa, South America and New Zealand.

All this week we’ll have a range of Sauvignons from around the world open for you to taste and compare for free at your local store. Pop in for a taste at your convenience, or give your local store a call to reserve a spot on a tutored tasting on Saturday 22 September.

As this tasting week conincides with the launch of our bright new blog, simply add a comment below this blog post for a chance to WIN a selection of delicious Sauvignons from around the world. Easy! What’s your favourite Sauvignon?

  • dom

    I’d like to win a case of Sauvignon please William.

  • Mark Temple

    Favourite Sauvignon… hmmm, probably Didier Dagueneau’s Silex. But in the real cash-strapped world, it’s be François Cotat’s Monts Damnés Sancerre.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tasha.aburrowjones Tasha Aburrow-Jones

    Love the Saint Clair Sav Blanc – not the cheapest, but a gorgeous, almost heady scent to it. Perfect for a dinner party!

    • majesticwine

      Yeah it’s right up there. I met the winemaker once and he said it has been known to have pheromonal effects…

  • Lynn

    Cloudy Bay or Villa Maria for me every time!

  • majesticwine

    A case of fresh clean chilled crisp Sauvignon in the sun… *dreaming*

  • Christine

    Thanks to Majestic I found Villa Maria Sauvignon – but will head off down to the Stockport store to discover more and maybe find a new favourite.

    • majesticwine

      Good form! We have over 30 Kiwi Sauvignons so plenty to explore.

  • Martin Hudson

    Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc the nearest thing to perfection.!

  • Paul T

    I think Brancott Estate is still our favourite but recently had a bottle of Giesen which was very similar. Just love the New Zealand flavours but going to try the French SBs very soon!

  • salsquiggle

    Chile or France, each time I taste one it makes me change my mind!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christina.frisbee.9 Christina Frisbee

    Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is lovely . Mainly because I love the taste of lemon grass and this reminds me of it. yum

  • John Johnstone

    Cloudy Bay works for me, but I do have a fondness for the lovely Saint Clair, New Zealand at its very best

  • PJ

    Current Fav, is Domaine du Pre Baron from the Touraine in the Loire. Good value

  • http://twitter.com/ShuntingM Matt Huntingford

    Of your lines, The Ned Black Label is good at the price, slightly more mineral & less fruit-forward than some of the New World options. At a higher price point, something from Greywacke.

  • Ralph Martin

    Even if I win the lottery, I shall still be buying the Brancott and Villa Maria Sauvignon Blancs. Fat chance. But maybe I’ll win this instead!

  • Derek Bryan

    Have you tried Sauvignon de Saint-Bris, from a small village near Chablis? Different and delicious !

    • majesticwine

      Interesting, haven’t tried that one Derek, will make sure to look out for it.

  • uniqueidentifier

    I love the Saint Clair but amd heading (hearting?) back to French SBs again

  • Tris

    I had a bottle of Jackson Estate SB, the first night I met my future wife and it always makes me smile…

  • http://twitter.com/Imadammiller Adam Miller

    We love Brancott for everyday drinking, but Majestic helped us branch away from Marlborough with the delicious Waimea – it’s like discovering a new grape variety: Thank you!

  • Clive

    Villa Maria is good, but you just cant beat a good Sancerre!

  • Jan Doskar

    Good to see so many comments. Ned black label is mine and my friends favourite but I will try some of your new NZ Sauvignon Blanc selection now.

  • Brian Hill

    Excellent selection – the Giesen is terrific value for money – also the Sancere takes some beating – perfect timing for the offers.

  • Dougie

    I found the Giesen too sharp-edged and a bit chemically. The Ned was much better at a reasonable price.

  • Peter Gresham

    Marlborough for me every time.

  • Cath

    Always enjoy Ned black label and like Sancerre for summer drinking.
    Looking forward to the new Ludlow store opening so we dont have to drive to Stourbridge to sample Majestic tastings.

  • uxbridgeregular

    A Sticky End is the one for me – all those figgy flavours, plus gooseberries.

  • Jacqui

    Have to concur that the Ned is great value, but as to my favourite? I think I need to win the case and then I’ll have a better idea! 😉 But New Zealand is my country of choice for this grape.

  • Flaps

    Absolutely loving The Ned, introduced by very knowledgeable Majestic store manager in Chelmsford – Good work that man!

    • majesticwine

      good work indeed, we all love the Ned!

  • Kit L

    Have been trying Oyster bay and found it really fresh and clean – cant wait to try the wine tasting event for these wines.

  • Soma Roskilly

    Can I say Cabernet? Ha! Ok, if it has to be a Suvignon Blanc, its a Pouilly Fume of course! I have even written about one of your PFs on my blog:
    http://princessandthepinot.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Andy

    It has to be the Ned’s. Unbeatable at the price.

  • Pauline

    The Ned black label is absolutely gorgeous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angus.johnston.771 Angus Johnston

    Different SBs for different foods and weather, I think … some of the Saint Clair ones have had an almost asparagus-like nose, and I do agree that The Ned is excellent value (particularly on offer), as is Lindauer’s sparkling version. I always enjoy Palliser Estate too, but shouldn’t forget France: I agree with Derek Bryan that some of the St Bris SB’s are lovely. And if you want something fresh to match lighter seafood, then a Touraine SB is hard to beat, with a nice line in minerality but also a fresher, fruit-forward mouthfeel …

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmcwha David McWha

    It might just be the way I was brought up (in NZ) but it has to be Marlborough for me, nothing else has enough fruit. Oyster Bay has long been the default option but there are so many great ones. Villa Maria Reserve is my choice when splashing out a few more quid. Problem is it tastes best sitting in the garden in the sun, so it’ll be a few months before I’m drinking much!

  • edintigertony

    Has to be the Villa Maria for me. Preferably the reserve

  • Lucy

    I love the Ned black label – recommended to me by the Chapel A Majestic team, thank you!

  • Big Frank

    Our wine appreciation group go for The Ned as do myself & my wife – we can’t afford Cloudy Bay but would love to be able to afford to.

  • maureen

    -Agree Ned is the Winner for a good value classic Sauvignon.Provided by smiling and amusing staff!

  • Natasha

    Cloudy Bay is lovely. Would love to win, great prize!

  • Liz

    Any NZ for me but Marlborough never disappoints

  • sylvia fields

    I also love the Ned, but Rabbit row comes a close second, thanks to the staff at York Majestic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clare.whatley Clare Whatley

    Yummmm, sunshine in a bottle and I love Sancerre 🙂

    • majesticwine

      The sun is shining today too! Just had a Mcflurry outside.

  • http://twitter.com/timbrels Lucy Bulpin

    Can’t wait to get to our local Majestic to try them all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nilesh.desai.9026 Nilesh Desai

    I’m an usually underwhelmed by NZ Sauv Blanc. It simply doesn’t have the right flavour or depth for my palette, especially at the “premium” the winemakers seem to want to charge for it. Ned’s is acceptable price/value point, but I’d still be far more interested in the development of Pinot Gris and Rieslings from the NZ area.
    As for Sauv Blanc itself, the Loire is a far better exponent of subtly flavoured and good value wine *
    (* other opinons are available)

  • Nick

    has to be Jackson Estate for me

  • http://www.facebook.com/niall.ogrady.169 Niall Ogrady

    The Ned is the future of SB consumption for me……

  • Annie

    Brancott estate keeps pulling me back!especially when on offer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alice-Boardman/100003372427471 Alice Boardman

    oo – come on – its hard to beat Cloudy Bay…

    • majesticwine

      yeah, the 2012 vintage is being launched soon too!

  • Lynne

    Can’t beat villa maria especially when its half the price of cloudy.Lynne

  • marcopolo79

    for us, a nicely chilled KiwiSavBlanc perfectly encapsulates everything…perfect.
    best enjoyed in the sun!! even better with mates around the table!
    if i had to choose – Villa Maria Reserva 2010

  • Mike Ebrey

    Majestic leads the way with it’s selection of great Sauvignon. My favourites were Villa Maria and Sancerre but have now discovered Waimea as recommended at the Shrewsbury outlet – it tastes great and is real value for money.

    • majesticwine

      Good work Team Shrewsbury!

  • Jenni

    Has to be Villa Maria or even better – Kairanga from Martinborough – come on Majestic, go get it!!

    • majesticwine

      Ha I’m going now! I’ll let the buyers know your desire 🙂

  • Pauline Jollands

    Robinsons SB is my favourite –crisp, dry with tropical fruity flavours.

  • http://twitter.com/yummyeats2012 YummyEats

    Any Loire SB…Sancerre when feeling flush Touraine when not. Ned is fab too.

  • June

    Brancott Estate is my fave. Looks like I might have to try the Ned, it seems popular!

  • Michael S.

    Really liked Isabel Estate SB a year or more ago, but subsequent bottles failed to be so great. (Villa Maria is a fine fall-back.)

  • embee

    The Ned is THE ONE for me!

  • MilleniumMum

    Not a big NZ SB fan myself, the Esprit Soleil (Pays d’Oc) is amazingly good for the price – currently £4.99 ea if you buy 2, and the Paul Mas SB (also Pays d’Oc) is delicious, as are most of his other varietals. Try a mixed case!

  • TommyB

    Wither Hills, the best value one by far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shirleyann.benntt Shirley-ann Benntt

    Having Been in NZ early this year I am loving the Sauvignon Blanc and having been to various winery’s … my fav is Saint Clair also found a very nice Point Gris called Aurum from Central Otago …..

  • Gstar

    A tasty gooseberry one for me. May even go and pour a glass now.

  • Bizzielizzie

    Love the Goldwater and also the Concha y Toro Late Harvest mmmm

  • sue

    Cloudy Bay

  • Suzanne wightman

    Looking forward to wine tasting this week… Mmmm!!

  • Anne

    Don’t forget the French Sauvignon such as Sancerre – they are great.

  • Steve Morris

    The Ned Black Label Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2011/2012 Marlborough hits the spot for me.

  • Rupert

    The Ned’s a cracker for the price, but nothing’s a patch on Saint Clair Pioneer Block 21 for sheer zestiness and Ladoucette Pouilly Fumé for a touch of sophisticated class. All 3 also make a great comparison!

  • Siangruffs

    Any Marlborough or NZ Sauvi is fine with me … yet to try Cloudy Bay but it’s on the hit list 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/janesgrapevine Jane Willis

    Jacksons Estate – have visited the winery and so it alwaysseems special to me

  • alan

    Great idea to compare different counties’ takes on a single grape varietal. How about doing the same for different varietals?

    • majesticwine

      Hi Alan, thanks for the feedback. We will be doing the same for our Pinot Noir tasting week next week.

  • http://twitter.com/ShadyCove Shady Cove

    Ned is a Scottish acronym for non educated delinquent. This does not however prevent me from enjoying a glass or two.

  • Nik Nak

    Nothing like a bit of bribery to make me post. I will be hot footing it to my local Bearwood branch at the weekend, where I will be in safe hands. With so much choice how can I have a favourite? I may choose Cloudy Bay or Villa Maria. Keen to try Waimea…likely to get the lot-roll on the weekend. Blancety Blanc!

    • majesticwine

      Ha, blancety blanc. I enjoy bribing people too.

  • Jenni

    So to be more precise – its Te Kairanga from Martinborough, North Island that gets my vote. Having experienced Giesen (School Road) found it was sharp to taste as were their on site sales people (we came away without buying anything there – very inhospitable), it comes under the global Marlborough umbrella. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Amersham branch does have a Martinborough SB, so I may give it a whirl soon.

  • http://twitter.com/hoogervaaner Lucy

    I love Stoneleigh 2010 but have recently falllen under the Cloudy Bay spell 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/roland.foskett Roland Foskett

    Can’t wait to get to Majestic for some tasting, only a few days to go 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198189036 Sharon Griffin

    i love Cloudy Bay x

  • Neil

    Elgin Vintners Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa

  • Johnnieb

    Cloudy Bay is my favourite!

  • Dave

    Great summer drink, anything from New Zealand and I love Sancerre

  • Sauvignon Sam

    They all sound lovely…but I think it’s squash for me!

  • Charlotte

    It’s got to be Waimea from NZ. I used to buy Ned, which is great – then switched to this as it’s much nicer. To be fair though I like many a NZ Sauvaignon – what’s not to like??!

  • steve wells

    My favourite white wines are those of New Zealand (Sauvignon Blanc ) I like the fuller flavoured styles which do not lose their appeal even with the spiciest of foods. As Majestic wines have only recently ‘arrived ‘ in Cornwall ,I guess I am going to have a drive over to Falmouth to have a good look !

  • Bclarketw19

    Interesting read…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.nichols.716 Mark Nichols

    Villa Maria for me

  • Peter Rolfe

    Agree with Villa Maria Reserve and also The Ned, but plenty of excellent drinking at really good value elsewhere too, particularly the Marlborough region. Gone are the days wwhen it was Oyster Bay or nothing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/martin.shelton.me Martin Shelton

    Personally I adore Villa Maria Reserve, just delightful

  • Peter Belchamber

    The Sauvignon Blanc wines from the Marlborough region of New Zealand are my favourite and now surpass, I think, the traditional Sauvignons from the Loire.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trevor.r.jackson Trevor Jackson

    I’m a fan of Villa Maria but I think it’s time to pay a trip to the new store in Falmouth to try out the Ned and see what other SB’s the folk there recommend!

  • Helenka

    My favourite are South African and NZ wines and also the recently discovered Sancerre ❤

  • Happymacl

    For me it has to be a Marlborough Savignon Blanc…but will pop into my local majestics to try out some others!

  • Kerrie Mckay

    I have just moved house and although its all very chaotic just now, I look forward to a nice glass of wine in the evening. I also like the New Zealand wines and prefer them not too sweet. It would be good to have a new selection on wines in my home so fingers crossed I am lucky.

  • Geoff Fitzgerald

    I’ve only just seen this post but I have to agree with many others, the ned can’t be beaten for everyday value & villa Maria for something with friends!

  • Maurice Gin

    Villa Maria Private Bin

  • Martin

    Is Sauvignon Blanc best drunk soon after purchase ? My daughter gets married in May next year and with some storming offers on at the moment I wondered if it is too early to be purchasing it ?
    Can anyone help please ?
    Cheers !

    • majesticwine

      Hi Martin, yes I would say it is absolutely fine. The wines we are selling now will just be about the same vintage we are selling in May. Generally you drink Kiwi sauvignon straight away, it’s not a wine that needs any aging. Will