Montlouis Sur Loire, Touraine

François Chidaine

Clos Habert Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2011

Another gem from Chidaine. Such a rich, powerful Chenin. This is a richer demi-sec style, and it shows Francois has just as deft a hand with his sweeter wines as he does with his dry bottlings. Slight but noticeable botrytis influence. Highly concentrated, rich, intoxicating nose of orange marmalade, alfalfa honey and beeswax, brandy-poached peaches and pears in cardamom whipped cream, wet flint, and wooly lanolin. On the palate, the fruit character is similar, pears and stone fruit, but simply fresh and ripe vs the poached fruit character on the nose. An extra shot of flinty mineral intensity, alfalfa honey, and beeswax round on the long finish. Lovely complexity and richness without quite becoming cloying. Pours a medium (-)/medium intensity gold hue. High acid, medium-bodied with a lovely oily, rich texture from lees and RS. Off-dry in the demi-sec/tendre style. Medium (+)/high alcohol, but it's integrated enough, there's the tiniest bit of heat but still totally tolerable. Starting to round out a bit with age but I'd say it's definitely got a bit more to go before it's at peak, still showing relatively young. Would love to have this with some spicy Indian or Thai food. So tasty and opulent. — 12 days ago

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Peter Sultan

Peter Sultan

You nailed the review- see my note on an '08 magnum.

Ludovic Chanson

Les Pions

Great balance between acid and minerals. Hints of kumquat. This is assertive and not shy. — 6 days ago

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Stéphane Cossais

Le Volagré Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2008

12 August 2017. Rouge Tomate, New York, NY. — 5 days ago

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François Chidaine

Clos du Breuil Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2014

Seth Morgen Long

The purity and energy Chidaine gathers in his driest cuvée is so refreshing — 3 days ago

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Domaine Lise & Bertrand Jousset

Premier Rendez-Vous Version Longue Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2014

Vintage 2014 - the wine has more acidity than 2015 and ripened longer in barrel casks. True to type #cheninblanc wine with a lot of tension and good concentration #like — 21 days ago

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Ira Schwartz

Ira Schwartz

@Peter van den Besselaar New name for me , thanks .
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@Ira Schwartz It's an interesting range. You are welcome!

Domaine Lise & Bertrand Jousset

Exilé Chenin Blanc Chardonnay 2016

Vintage 2016 Vin de France from #chardonnay #mauzac and #cheninblanc / racy, razorsharp freshness — 21 days ago

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Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

Clos Michet Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2014

Вишневый цвет, мел, персик, яблоко, чёрный перец, родниковая вода. Деликатно и сбалансировано. — 12 days ago

Samvel, Riddley and 1 other liked this

Complices de Loire

La Grande Parcelle Montlouis-Sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2014

Very punchy and acidic. Better paired with food than by itself, but I would definitely buy it again. — 21 hours ago

François Chidaine

Les Tuffeaux Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2015

Vintage 2015 - 14 grams residulal sugar, from flintstone, mild, refinement, very promising wine, demi-sec/tendre — 21 days ago

Erik, Ira and 15 others liked this
Erik Nordman

Erik Nordman

Love everything Chidaine puts his hands on

Ludovic Chanson

Les Cabotines Chenin Blanc 2015

The perfect combination of honey and apricot. — 7 days ago