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Staff Pick

"Les Argiles," Chidaine - 2017

Item # 26784 750mL
$36.96/ Single Bottle
$443.52 $399.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Les Argiles comes from old Chenin Blanc vines in Vouvray, but due to arcane French bureaucratic law, you won't find Vouvray anywhere on the label. This is a rich, powerful white wine yet dry, balanced and exquisite all the same. Drink with only a gentle chill. Serve with aging, soft goat cheese, salad with egg, or lightly spicy/sweet poultry dishes.


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Staff Pick Notes

Francois Chidaine was an early pioneer of biodynamic practices in the Loire, and in his twenty plus years of making wine he's become one of region's most esteemed producers. The quintessential artisanal winemaker, he hand harvests all the grapes and vinifies with native yeasts. Here you have an exquisite Chenin Blanc sourced from some of his top vineyards in Vouvray. It's full-bodied but bone dry and bursting with bright, fresh acidity, making it hard to put the glass down. All of Chenin's signature notes are here: beautiful honey, apple, pear, and lemon. Pair it with a goat cheese salad or roasted chicken.

- ALM

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Loire

There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.

Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly...

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