A spotlight in one of France’s leading wine magazines tips its hat to the international interest in Éric Chevalier’s wines, saying, “Big-name foreign importers have made no mistake . . .” Indeed, if Kermit’s is one of the big names they are referring to, we stand by the acknowledgment with gusto! Éric Chevalier is one of the relatively unsung vignerons of the Loire whose wines provide excellent value and sense of place. Truly, Chardonnay from the metamorphic rock of the Nantais region is hardly comparable to the same grape from Burgundy, and rightly so. On first reflection, you might call it simple. It’s so airy it could easily be overpowered. But, paired with something equally delicate and saline—oysters or grilled mackerel spritzed simply with citrus come to mind—it provides something altogether worthy in its own right: thirst-quenching satisfaction, the ideal companion to warmer-weather fare.
This wine is une merveille—a marvel. To drink, to recommend, to bring to a party, to open at dinner. When it accompanies salty, briny appetizers, its brightly mineral side shines, but even alongside the spiciest Indian specialties, its audacious fruit and slight sweetness are completely undaunted. It is the poster child of versatility in a glass. I have yet to find a dish it can’t make more interesting or a diehard bone-dry devotee it can’t convert to the wonders of off-dry Chenin Blanc. Put briefly, it is one of my go-to wines, and I have utter confidence it should become one of yours.
Floral and inviting, this bottle is a real charmer. Simon Chotard’s wife, Juliette, says it makes her nostalgic for childhood, when in springtime the inebriating scent of white blossoms on the schoolyard trees mingled with the smell of fresh chalk on the blackboard. Try it with a seasonal salad of cannellini and garbanzo beans tossed with crunchy green peas and olive oil lime zest vinaigrette, all topped with freshly chopped parsley and mint. Delicious!
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