From the Loire Valley comes the Saget La Piere Mulonniere L’effet Papillon, a beautiful Chenin Blanc from a family that’s been making wines since 1790 and bought this estate in 2003. The winery is now in its ninth generation. Pasternak Wine Imports introduced it to the U.S. market this past summer
The grapes are picked by hand once they’ve reached optimum ripeness. The wine is fermented and aged on the lees for 13 months and then ages further in French oak casks.
Hints of white fruits come through as you sip. Think quince, as well as peach, apricots and plums. There’s high acidity and a long finish with notes of oak, vanilla and licorice. The “butterfly effect” wine is 13.5% ABV. You’ll want to pair it with fish and shellfish meals. It’s a wine with complexity that also goes well with spicy curries. We enjoyed it as we moved from summer into early fall and suspect it will be a winner year-around!