François Chidaine

Les Argiles Vouvray Chenin Blanc

9.121 ratings
9.18 pro ratings
Vouvray, 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
Peter Sultan

The 5 years of age have either barely made a dent, or this is drinking beautifully now ( or both): start with the thick yet smooth mouthfeel-if Chenin is sometimes described as cotton wool, this is more like cashmere-& also enough acidity to keep it refreshing. Layers of Chenin style fruit: Granny Smith apple, white flowers, Acadia honey. Just a rock star wine, plays brash compared to Huet’s stateliness. And for about 10$ less, a relative steal..

The 5 years of age have either barely made a dent, or this is drinking beautifully now ( or both): start with the thick yet smooth mouthfeel-if Chenin is sometimes described as cotton wool, this is more like cashmere-& also enough acidity to keep it refreshing. Layers of Chenin style fruit: Granny Smith apple, white flowers, Acadia honey. Just a rock star wine, plays brash compared to Huet’s stateliness. And for about 10$ less, a relative steal..

Jan 19th, 2022
Peter Sultan

Beautifully textured, almost oily like Viognier but not; Green apples & skins on the nose; deep, deep minerality & that Chenin Blanc cotton thing on the palate. Just a super bottle of wine. Plus the bottle is built like a tank.

Beautifully textured, almost oily like Viognier but not; Green apples & skins on the nose; deep, deep minerality & that Chenin Blanc cotton thing on the palate. Just a super bottle of wine. Plus the bottle is built like a tank.

Mar 29th, 2021
roland benedetti

What a beautiful wine.
It’s voluptuous, suave, rich. With notes of juicy fruits like a vine peach, could feel apricots not too far but also feel like biting in a very ripped pear, but then very quicly it gets precise, straight and almost crisp with very nice bitters and acidity. Although very different, that’s something I find also in good trocken rieslings.

Great wines are about balance and that is all this is about!

What a beautiful wine.
It’s voluptuous, suave, rich. With notes of juicy fruits like a vine peach, could feel apricots not too far but also feel like biting in a very ripped pear, but then very quicly it gets precise, straight and almost crisp with very nice bitters and acidity. Although very different, that’s something I find also in good trocken rieslings.

Great wines are about balance and that is all this is about!

Apr 17th, 2020
Nikki Goddard, DWS

Ultra-classic Loire Chenin. Bruised Macintosh apples dipped in honey—perfect for Rosh Hashanah dinner. Waxy, chamomile, hay. Viscous but dry. Mouthwatering acidity and minerality.

Ultra-classic Loire Chenin. Bruised Macintosh apples dipped in honey—perfect for Rosh Hashanah dinner. Waxy, chamomile, hay. Viscous but dry. Mouthwatering acidity and minerality.

Sep 30th, 2019
Kai Wright

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Mar 30th, 2019
Lyn Farmer

Terrific value Chenin Blanc. Crisp pear, citrus, hay and honey. Dry with excellent acidity. So versatile- I had it with razor clams, branzino with anchovies and pasta with a light Ragu and it was a home run with each. Very versatile.

Terrific value Chenin Blanc. Crisp pear, citrus, hay and honey. Dry with excellent acidity. So versatile- I had it with razor clams, branzino with anchovies and pasta with a light Ragu and it was a home run with each. Very versatile.

Feb 10th, 2019
Michael L S

Reads like it has a touch of residual sugar, which surprised me in a sec. that said, it has excellent acidity m, with citrus notes and minerality. Quite tasty.

Reads like it has a touch of residual sugar, which surprised me in a sec. that said, it has excellent acidity m, with citrus notes and minerality. Quite tasty.

Aug 24th, 2021
Michael L S

Good acidity but not electric. Citrus and subtle herbaceous notes. Maybe a hint of some residual sugar despite being a sec.

Good acidity but not electric. Citrus and subtle herbaceous notes. Maybe a hint of some residual sugar despite being a sec.

Jun 29th, 2020
Keaton Kail

Honeyed lemon peel; yellow flowers, ripe juicy Macintosh apple, less of the lanolin and hay that I’d expect from CB and more of petrol/petrichor. Delicious either way. Mouthwatering acid with a round texture.

Honeyed lemon peel; yellow flowers, ripe juicy Macintosh apple, less of the lanolin and hay that I’d expect from CB and more of petrol/petrichor. Delicious either way. Mouthwatering acid with a round texture.

Sep 20th, 2020
Daniel Akers

Superbly complex Chenin, crisp at first, with fruity intensity to follow, and then a dry finish. Excellent.

Superbly complex Chenin, crisp at first, with fruity intensity to follow, and then a dry finish. Excellent.

Aug 23rd, 2020