Sauvage means bone-dry, and that's just what this wine is. It's almost searingly dry, but it is saved by acidity that has raspberry flavors. It's the style of Champagne that improves in the glass, opening out to give riper flavors, even though the finish is very dry.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.