2018 Chinon Blanc, Jean-Maurice Raffault, Loire, France
£14.95 £13.95 per bottle
This is the rarest of the six wines on this page, given that 98% of Chinon is red, and so this is not only a desperately rewarding wine, but it is also a fascinating curio, too. Made from organically grown Chenin Blanc, this is a bone dry wine with a brittle, crystalline chassis which is more Sauvignon-perfumed than I expected. But there is also a beguiling mid-palate weight here, too, which is a Chenin Blanc hallmark and this makes it a foodier proposition. Ideal paired with posh fish dishes, you can even turn up the spice as
this wine has a steely spine and it’s up for a challenge.
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