François Chidaine is possibly one of the hottest white wine makers in France. With some of the greatest vineyards in Montlouis and Vouvray now at his disposal, Chidaine is at the height of his powers. Using biodynamic viticulture, ultra-low yields and ‘hands off’ élevage to make wines of staggering texture and complexity. These wines offer earthy complexity, creamy, silky texture. These elegant, fleshy, supple and complex wines are everything you love about Chenin Blanc .
While his home is in Montlouis I really love this wine from Chidaine. So silky and textural. A great deal of aromatic complexity is here too. Just a lovely wine really.
The ‘tuffeau’ chalk covered with clay soils and areas of flint and sand soils of Vouvray are where some of the world’s best Chenin Blanc takes root. The mineral, flinty core gives way to lovely pear, honeysuckle and lime zest notes. The best Vouvray wines are some of the best wines in the world.
Chenin Blanc may not be the most popular or the most famous wine grape, but the good examples are seriously good! Lovely, fleshy/flowery apples and pears, a nice mineral – flinty streak, lemon zest and a touch of dough. I have always described good Chenin as feeling pillowy and I stand by that. Round and fluffy mouth feel but the zesty acid kicks it into shape.