Interesting nose showing apples with a light background of wood smoke. Baked pear with a lemon background lead on the attack. The Pineau d’Aunis makes its presence known on the mid-palate, with pencil lead and wood smoke. It is full-bodied with a mid-length finish. Acids are quite bright. Drink with smoked trout to match the smoky flavors, or sea bass for contrast. Recommended. DH

WHO: Patrice Colin
WHAT: Sparkling white (50% Chenin Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, 20% Pineau d’Aunis)
WHERE: Loire Valley, France
WHEN: NV
HOW MUCH: $17.98