Domaine François Chidaine

Loire Valley

François Chidaine

Across the Loire, Montlouis is Vouvray’s little brother, smaller in size and reputation. With only 400 hectares, and half of those producing Touraine wines, red, white and rosé, the production of Montlouis AOC is nearly confidential. In the village of Husseau, François Chidaine has worked alongside his father Yves for many years on two independent estates. François has strong feelings about viticulture, and works his vines the old-fashioned way, but does not want any mention of organic viticulture on his bottles although he converted the majority of his domaine to biodynamic viticulture. Chidaine looks resolute, serious and thoughtful and his methods are exacting, precise, perhaps even demanding. His wines we think reflect that, showing a precise, defined linearity that exceeds expectations. His estate of 16 hectares is made up of eight distinct plots: Clos du Breuil, Clos Habert, le Volagray and les Landes have soil of clay with flint (silex) locally called Perruches; Clos Renard and les Epinais are clay and limestone with flint called Aubuis; les Bournais, recently planted and overlooking the Loire, consists of clay and a type of limestone called Bournais. Although these differing terroirs naturally have the capability to yield wines of differing styles and sweetness depending on the vintage, the Clos du Breuil is always vinified to dryness and thus bottled as a sec, and it might thus be considered the linchpin of the Chidaine portfolio. For Les Bournais, the wine here could be fermented to dryness - as in 2007 - or it may yield a much sweeter wine, as in 2005. the Moëlleux cuvée is made from the grapes of Clos Renard and les Epinais’ 90-year-old vines.

4 Item(s)


  1. Domaine Francois Chidaine, Clos du Breuil, 2007

    Domaine Francois Chidaine, Clos du Breuil, 2007

    AOC: Montlouis, Loire Valley, France
    Varietals: Chenin

     
    WS 91
    CN¥320.00
  2. Domaine Francois Chidaine, Clos du Breuil, 2008

    Domaine Francois Chidaine, Clos du Breuil, 2008

    AOC: Montlouis, Loire Valley, France
    Varietals: Chenin

      
    WS 91
    CN¥320.00
  3. Domaine Francois Chidaine, Clos du Breuil, 2010

    Domaine Francois Chidaine, Clos du Breuil, 2010

    AOC: Montlouis, Loire Valley, France
    Varietals: Chenin
      
    CN¥320.00
  4. Domaine Francois Chidaine, Les Bournais, 2007

    Domaine Francois Chidaine, Les Bournais, 2007

    AOC: Montlouis, Loire Valley, France
    Varietals: Chenin

      
    RP 91   WS 91
    CN¥448.00

4 Item(s)