Crisp, Fresh, Everyday Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. $19

An explosion of flavor packed into a sub-$20 bottle

Sauvignon Blanc is among the world’s most popular white grapes, planted everywhere from New Zealand to California to Chile. But the original source for Sauvignon Blanc is France’s Loire Valley, in particular the twin villages of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

Here the grape takes on a distinctly mineral and citrus character. An elevated level of flint and limestone in the soil keeps the wines full of tension and chiseled energy. Our producer here is Frederic Michot, a small family vigneron with no other US importer making simple, delicious, startlingly affordable wines..

His 2022 has just arrived — beautiful, balanced wine, bursting with freshness and fruit. The nose is bright and expressive, with ripe grapefruit, honey, and lime. The mouth is full and very lively. There’s no oak at all, and the palate sings with zippy fruit and minerals. The palate is juicy, quick, and very clean, with a dry, slightly smoky finish.


Michot Pouilly-Fumé 2022
bottle price: $19

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