This is the white companion to the Cabernet Franc that’s Barry’s pick. Since he went into the details about the winery, I’ll just add a bit. The estate enjoys a particularly warm microclimate, which helps push grapes to perfect ripeness, even in cooler years. Located on the right bank of the Loire, the vineyards benefit from the moderating influence of the river, plus a wealth of different soil types: blue schist and limestone, sand, gravel and other marine sediment and fossilized materials. But none of that would matter if what was in the bottle wasn’t as delicious as it is. One hundred percent Chenin Blanc, the taste is something like a honeyed, black walnut tart with a flaky, lightly yeasty crust. Offers a floral bouquet up front, a silky texture in the mouth, and lively lemon zest on the finish. A refreshing summer white that would pair beautifully with spicy Asian cuisine.