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Staff Pick

"Les Argiles," Chidaine - 2017

Item # 26784 750mL
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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

With all due respect to Sauvignon Blanc, I'm of the opinion that Chenin Blanc is the true darling of the Loire Valley, and this lovely wine by biodynamic producer Francois Chidaine showcases the grape in all its glory. This full-bodied dry white is a perfect food wine. Aromas of white peach and honey are balanced with minerality and the slightest hint of salinity, both coming from the white chalk and clay soils in which the grapes are grown. The palate is full of richness, a perfect complement for everything from roasted chicken to tikka masala and saag paneer. To fully enjoy the flavors and aromas of this complex wine, drink with a only a slight chill.

- KS

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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