François Chidaine

Clos Habert Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc

9.336 ratings
9.319 pro ratings
Montlouis-sur-Loire, Touraine, Loire Valley, France
Chenin Blanc
Turkey, Vanilla & Caramel, Fruit & Berries, Exotic Spices, Salads & Greens, Pate, Potato, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Fruit Desserts, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pungent Cheese, Squash & Root Vegetables, Goat & Feta Cheese, Cheddar & Gruyere, Sweet Potato, Yuca, Taro, Baking Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Nuts & Seeds, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Quinoa, Shellfish, Sweet Potato
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Mid Lemon in colour. Aromas of Lemon and Honey with a little herb. This was the Demi-Sec - an unctuous palate with notes of fleshy peach. Medium plus intensity. A lovely delicious wine. Every time I have a Loire Valley wine I write that I should try more!

Mid Lemon in colour. Aromas of Lemon and Honey with a little herb. This was the Demi-Sec - an unctuous palate with notes of fleshy peach. Medium plus intensity. A lovely delicious wine. Every time I have a Loire Valley wine I write that I should try more!

Jul 28th, 2019
Fabien Lainé

Blogger VinDeling.com

9.3

Finishing this year on a touch of perfection with a lovely Chenin beauty - Vive the magic of Loire ! Francois Chidaine is a magician 😃 a lovely wine from biodynamic farming - a rich wine, expressive and fine acidity, it needs to breath and get air at opening getting better with patience 😉

Finishing this year on a touch of perfection with a lovely Chenin beauty - Vive the magic of Loire ! Francois Chidaine is a magician 😃 a lovely wine from biodynamic farming - a rich wine, expressive and fine acidity, it needs to breath and get air at opening getting better with patience 😉

2 people found it helpfulJan 1st, 2015
Tommy Fogarty

Owner Thomas Fogarty Winery

9.2

Nine-point-one... Eight points for sound old-world fundamentals and "varietal correctness". One point one points for that tasty stank that can't be adequately described...

Nine-point-one... Eight points for sound old-world fundamentals and "varietal correctness". One point one points for that tasty stank that can't be adequately described...

Aug 19th, 2015
Erik McLaughlin

Vice President Seven Hills Winery

9.4

Stunning Chenin

Stunning Chenin

Feb 18th, 2015
Armen Khachaturian

Solid!

Nov 5th, 2014
Chris Leon

This makes me so happy. Tension.

This makes me so happy. Tension.

Oct 21st, 2014
Mike Mighetto Hoefling

So nutty! Peanut butter, hazelnut cookie dough.

So nutty! Peanut butter, hazelnut cookie dough.

Jun 7th, 2014
Erik Nordman

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.

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.

Aug 6th, 2017
Joe Rice

In a good place right now (my belly).

In a good place right now (my belly).

Jul 2nd, 2016
Hannes Huefken

Pretty interesting. Lots of soft wood and glue on the nose. Sweetness is rather shy, bitter mid-palate that isn't quite harmonious but gets better with aeration. Sweetness also comes out of the closet after a while. Medium finish of glorious richness.

Pretty interesting. Lots of soft wood and glue on the nose. Sweetness is rather shy, bitter mid-palate that isn't quite harmonious but gets better with aeration. Sweetness also comes out of the closet after a while. Medium finish of glorious richness.

Jan 8th, 2016