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A Loire Chenin Blanc that Over-delivers

2011 Cave de Vendôme Blanc Lieu-Dit Cocagne

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Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.

Who: Lee Campbell, wine director at Reynard, at Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.

What: 2011 Cave de Vendôme Blanc Lieu-Dit Cocagne

Why: Lee Campbell calls this Chenin Blanc from a cooperative in France's Loire Valley "brilliantly mineral." She says: "It's a humble wine, but all of the wines from this producer over-deliver."

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