Pascal Thomas's flinty earthy classic wine is the desired accompaniment for the local goat's cheese, Crottin de Chavignol or Selles sur Cher. It is also a wine that can be matched with sushi. This area of the Loire has a more continental climate – summers are hot, but short. The soil is a mixture of limestone, sand and chalk, known as 'Tufa', the best of which comes from the chalky hills around the town of Sancerre (100% Caillottes chalky soil). Sancerre is an incredibly vivid, pungent wine, with grassy gooseberry aromas and plenty of acidity.