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2013 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre 

Loire Valley, France

Retail $22-$26

Sauvignon blanc grapes love mild climates and yield good wines in regions around the globe. But many wine enthusiasts believe the most elegant sauvignon blancs come from France's Loire Valley and its acclaimed Sancerre Appellation d'Origine Protegee (AOP). This high-quality wine from the prestigious winery Domaine Henri Bourgeois is a classic Old World sauvignon blanc. Its vineyards occupy the best spot in the appellation on a steep, rugged slope with chalk, limestone, clay, marl, gravel and flint, which provide the grapes' distinct personality. The wine was vinified and matured on its lees for five months in stainless steel tanks. In the glass, it offers aromas of green apple, white peach, citrus, spice and vegetation. On the palate, taste grapefruit, lemon and lime, herbs, crisp minerality and lively acidity. Drink it as an aperitif or with oysters, shellfish, fish, salads, artichokes, asparagus, goat cheese and Asian cuisines. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Company, The Wine Sellar, Elio's Wine Warehouse and Brady's Wine Warehouse. Drink it at: Galatoire's, Peche, La Petite Grocery, Luke and Bistro Daisy. —

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