De Chanceny Brut Excellence Sparkling Vouvray (France)
The Loire Valley, almost smack dab in the centre of France produces wines that are significantly less expensive but no less enjoyable than their champenoise cousins to the north. De Chanceny Brut Excellence is made in the method traditional style but is somewhat lighter and and more approachable than champagne due to the predominance of Chenin Blanc in the blend. The wine is fine, soft and dry with apple and soft pear aromas and a distinct honeyed and biscuit-like complexity. Perfect for that Sunday afternoon picnic.