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Francois Chidaine Clos du Breuil Montlouis Blanc 2020

Francois Chidaine Clos du Breuil Montlouis Blanc 2020

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Tasting Notes

Chidaine's Clos du Breuil is a Montlouis treasure: a single, three-hectare site, sloping towards the Loire, home to some of Chidaine's oldest vines (up to 90 years old). A flint stone's throw from Clos Habert, Clos de Breuil rests on one of the highest points in the appellation. The soil is clay and coarse flint over a subsoil of limestone ‚– the type known to the locals as les Perruches. Chidaine's vines are spread across several plots: the fruit is hand harvested with several 'tris' and naturally fermented in 600 litre demi-muids, which can take up to six months. - Importer Note

François Chidaine is one of the France's most exciting white wine makers. Great vineyards managed biodynamically, ultra low yields and 'hands off' élevage are the order of the day here. It gives you an idea of Chidaine's standing in the Loire that when Benjamin Dagueneau wanted to gain experience as a younger man, he went to work with Chidaine. As a collective, his wines offer a remarkably pure and vivid expression of their respective terroirs.

In terms of the regions, Montlouis is Vouvray's little brother, sitting directly across the Loire river in France's North. The analogy of siblings is a good one as the rivalry between these two regions is intense. However, as Montlouis is much smaller in size, 400 hectares as opposed to 1800 for Vouvray, and as most of the wine is consumed in France, Montlouis is less well known. - Importer Note.

Product Type Wine White Chenin Blanc
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Loire Valley
Sub Region Montlouis
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic