Domaine François Chidaine
The fantastic cellars of top winemaker François Chidaine lie across the river from Vouvray in Montlouis. It’s a fairly sizeable domaine, totalling 37 hectares, which includes 20 in Montlouis, 10 in Vouvray and 7 in Touraine. It went organic in 1992 and biodynamic seven years later in 1999. François’ wines have an undeniable harmony, both texturally and in their acid/fruit balance. This contributes to their complexity and length and helps give them energy, which makes them both incredibly satisfying and mouth-watering at the same time. Recent vintages have been virtually non-existent due to frost and hail which means we currently have very little to offer. Stylistically, these wines are quite different to those of Philippe Foreau. The 20 hectares of Montlouis are divided up into a remarkable 30 different parcels, with lots of different soil types, including silex noir (black flint) which is known locally as Choisilles! The Choisilles Sec cuvée in fact comes from soil made up of clay, black flint, white chalk and tuffeau. The cuvée Bournais comes from old vines on a similar soil that has a little more chalk. Both wines are fermented and aged in 600 litre older barrels, spending time on their fine lees. The Clos Habert Demi-Sec comes from similar soil and enjoys similar treatment in the cuverie. It is left with 10 grams of residual sugar. The Les Lys has 103 grams of residual sugar. These are seriously great wines that, thanks to their finesse and vitality, make great matches for so many dishes.
Winemaker: François Chidaine
Hectares: 37 Hectares
From the warm summer of ‘09, this unctuous, rich and decadent effort from François Chidaine will be a great addition to any Christmas table, whilst enjoying Christmas pudding or ripe stilton.