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Wine: White wine's global grape

Sauvignon blanc owes its universal appeal to constant updating, reinvention and adaptability, writes Tomas Clancy.

26th January, 2014
The perennially popular sauvignon blanc is the boy band of wines. Pictures: Getty

Sauvignon blanc is the boy band of the wine world. It is worshipped by millions, outsells almost everything else, and has a youthful and accessible vitality that also seals its fate as a short-lived pleasure.

Typically, the tart acidity and immensely popular gooseberry and tropical fruit characters of sauvignon blanc fade to a fat, even flabby mediocrity after about five years.

This leaves its embarrassed fans to wonder what it was that they saw in...

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