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Francois Chidaine Montlouis Brut Nature 2017

Francois Chidaine Montlouis Brut Nature 2017

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Tasting Notes

Biodynamically farmed and from low yielding old vines, this sparkling Chenin Blanc shows delicate aromas of rockmelon, pineapple and faint honey. The palate is broad and textured leading into a pithy, chalky mineral finish. Move over Champagne, there's a new sheriff in town! - Nick F

Let's cut to the chase. This is Chenin Blanc at its zenith, tasting nothing like the stereotype of the grape variety, but rather acting as a conduit through which the vineyards can express themselves. These are wines brimming with energy, texture and great intensity of flavour; the kind of wines that unequivocally transport you to the patch of dirt from where they were grown. As a collective, the wines below offer a remarkably pure and vivid expression of their respective terroirs.François Chidaine is one of the France's most exciting white wine makers. It's not hype ‚– the wines are terrific and the winemaking approach is impeccable. Great vineyards managed biodynamically, ultra low yields and 'hands off' élevage are the order of the day here. As we have written before, Chidaine has achieved for Chenin what Didier Dagueneau achieved (and Benjamin Dagueneau has continued to achieve) with Sauvignon: wines of staggering texture and complexity. 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.Chidaine has caused a mini revolution in Montlouis - in many ways the contemporary history of Montlouis is the history of this young vigneron - with a swag of winemakers now following in his steps. Such is the dynamism of this movement, that on a recent visit to Domaine Huet (Vouvray), Noel Pinguet joked that he wished he could swap appellations! One of the remarkable aspects of Chidaine is that despite his success, his prices remain remarkably fair. As the Schildnecht quote above suggests, these are some of the finest value great wines (not to mention authentic wines of terroir) on the market.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. Chidaine is the widely acknowledged master of Montlouis and now with his prime land in Vouvray ‚– including the legendary Clos Baudoin vineyard which he purchased five years ago from the Poniatowski family. Farming biodynamically and cropping at well under three tonnes to the acre. - Importer Note

Product Type Wine Sparkling Imported Non Champagne
Vintage 2017
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Loire Valley
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic