Genny’s Pick: 2015 Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fumé, Cuvee Silice, $24.00

The Cuvee Silice is exceptional in that it hails from a vineyard with pure “silex” or flint soils. This unique terroir expresses itself in the wine as the aroma of firecracker smoke. What’s more, winemaker Francis Blanchet’s vines have, following DNA testing, proved to be some of the oldest existing clones of Sauvignon Blanc—the true “mother” rootstock of Loire Sauvignon.

Grapes are harvested by hand, fermented on indigenous yeasts and aged completely in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, in an effort to preserve Sauvignon Blanc’s naturally vibrant, steely character. The result is a wine with a light golden color. It has notes of apple, light honey and citrus. A well-balanced, easy drinking summer treat.