Olly celebrates a special grape

Sauvignon Blanc Day (7 May) is the perfect excuse to enjoy this zesty, uplifting grape. Sancerre in France produces elegant examples at top-whack prices; for good value choose wines from nearby Touraine. Marlborough in New Zealand delivers tantalisingly tropical Sauvignon Blanc – for similar wines at great prices seek out Leyda Valley in Chile. But Bordeaux whites are my top pick for underrated gems.


IRRESISTIBLE LEYDA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020 (13.5%), £7.50, Co-op. Searing and bright as a pink grapefruit lightsaber.

GROVE MILL MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020 (12.5%), £8.95, thewinesociety.com. A tropical sunbeam of a wine – succulent and scrumptious.

LE VIN DES COPAINS TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019 (13%), £9.99, Waitrose. A luminous peach! Zingy, fragrant and wonderful.

CHOTARD SANCERRE 2019 (13.5%), £19.95, bbr.com. Soaring and vibrant as a world-class soprano, this star sings from the glass.


BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019 (12%), £8, Marks & Spencer. Joyfully bright white with a tropical twist. Superbly zesty and great value.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 2nd May 2021 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.

For Olly’s previous recommendations and Mail on Sunday YOU columns, visit here.

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