Yves Guégniard, his wife, Marie-Annick, and their daughter Anne are the current stewards of Domaine de la Bergerie, first established by Yves’ grandmother Marie-Scholastique Horeau in 1964. The domaine has always adhered to a high standard of excellence: green harvest, strict sorting and separate vinification of each harvested parcel. Their 89 acres of vines are spread throughout the Central Loire Valley across multiple appellations, including Anjou, Savennières, Côteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. The focus of the estate is chenin blanc, of which they make nine different cuvées, as well as cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and grolleau, which they use for reds and rose. This bottling, whose name translates to “under the arbor“, is 80% chenin blanc with 20% chardonnay and sports a full, clean palate of fresh pear, with a lively streak of minerality. This is a perfect white for smoked salmon or soft cheeses like fresh chèvre.