Crisp, Dry, Organic Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. $18

All of our winemakers care deeply about their craft, but Nicolas Paget is unusually impassioned. He believes fervently in his vines, his wines, his technique and his terroir.

His excitement is well founded. Paget crafts delicious white wines from Chenin Blanc, a grape responsible for the great wines of the central Loire Valley, particularly Vouvray.

Paget’s Chenins are much like our favorite Vouvrays — they range from very dry to very sweet, with much in between. Today’s cuvée, the 2018 Chenin “Melodie,” is bone dry and the perfect antidote to summer heat.

Paget’s Melodie is a symphony of springtime in a glass. It’s exactly the wine we went searching for in the Loire: dry, expressive, organic Chenin Blanc with good balance and all of Chenin’s signature aromatic complexity. The 2018 has just arrived, with a splash more freshness than the 2017, but no less exuberance and fruit.

There’s pear and melon in the nose, with a dose of citrus and white flowers. The mouth is exceptional — lively and complex, with delicate freshness, bright minerality, and notes of dried orchard fruits.

It’s quintessential aperitif white wine: lively and dry, but with gorgeous fruit and beautiful texture. Serve it on a summer patio, a roofdeck soirée, or a backyard cocktail party.


Paget Chenin “Melodie” 2018
bottle price: $18

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