Also known as Blanc Fumé, Fumé Blanc, the world-famous grape variety, Sauvignon Blanc gives wine a special, slightly spicy taste. In France, it is a traditional grape variety of the Loire and Gironde regions; in the world, a thriving and strong producer, it likes soils that are not very or only moderately fertile. Vinified alone or in a blend with Sémillon, it offers not only very aromatic dry white wines, but also rich sweet white wines. Thus, in France, alone, it gives birth to the famous dry "Sauvignon wines" such as Pouilly Fumé, the white wines of Sancerre, Ménetou Salon, Quincy and Reuilly, giving these Loire Valley wines an undeniable connection. It also spawned the no less famous Barsac, Monbazillac, and when again blended together with Sémillon and Muscadelle brings us Graves and the sweet and syrupy fine wines of the Sauternes region, modelled on the vintages of Château Yquem. Finally, in Languedoc, it is used as a dry varietal wine and shows a pronounced character. Dry white wines or sweet white wines, it proves to be generous with aromas of boxwood, blackcurrant buds (green fruits) and, depending on the terroir, white flowers, citrus fruits and very pronounced mineral notes of flint (Pouilly Fumé).