The latest edition of The World Atlas of Wine (8th edition, £50 Mitchell Beazley) states that in the eastern part of the Loire valley, Sauvignon Blanc ‘can make better, certainly finer and more complex, wine than anywhere else in the world’.
Although perhaps a bold statement, there is no doubt that with the festive season approaching, demand for the crisp, aromatic and food-friendly wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé will leap. But there are a number of other appellations close to Sancerre/Pouilly-Fumé with very similar wine styles, often at significantly lower prices.
Scroll down for Andy Howard MW’s top Sancerre & Pouilly-Fumé alternatives
What are the key names to look out for and what should enthusiasts expect from these Sauvignon Blanc alternatives?