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Pick of the Week — Domaine Les Chardons, Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, Loire

Les Chardons labelIf you’re a Sauvignon Blanc drinker, we are confidant that you will enjoy this well-made, flavorful Touraine from Sophie and Thierry Chardon. The Windham Wines tasting group got together a week ago and each of us rated this our number one white of the tasting (out of a total of 15 whites). It was our favorite because we all felt that it was drank above its affordable $13.99 bottle price — and, it’s organic!

We were sitting outside in the early evening and all agreed that it would be welcome on each of our porches for the remainder of the summer. This Sauvignon Blanc has lovely aromas and flavors that range from crisp cucumbers and wet stones to lemon drops and sweet alfalfa, though admittedly the latter may have been inspired by the tractor haying the field across from the porch where we were tasting. We thought that it would partner well with a chilled cucumber soup (a simple, delicious recipe from Cedar Circle Farm a bit north in East Thetford) with either dill or mint; pasta with fresh peas, lemon zest and mint; roast chicken; seared scallops, simply prepared with a lemon-herb dressing. And, of course, it is also just so pleasant as a glass on its own.


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