France. Nice, Einstein. Any idea where in France this appellation is located?
This new-to-me region is found in the Loire Valley (Centre Loire to be exact). Coteaux du Giennois produces white wine made from Sauvignon Blanc (or simply, "Sauvignon," if you happen to be a native French speaker). I was introduced to the Coteaux by Domaine Balland-Chapuis. This wine is full of lime and asparagus scents. In the mouth, Domaine B-C possesses a split personality - vascillating betwixt rich and racy. Its Sauvignon-ness is emphasized through a long, grassy finish (Think: running through an alpine meadow). Give me a plate of oysters on the half-shell, a chilled glass of Coteaux du Giennois and I'm happy as a clam.