Agnès Sorel, the 15th-century mistress of King Charles VII of France, is believed to have been born in Touraine on the Loire. This wine, named after her, is fresh and crisp, with red berry fruits and acidity. It's a wine that is ready to drink, although the layers of wood and delicate tannins suggest it could lie down for another year.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.